How to design medical and health offices
The healthcare industry is currently undergoing significant adjustments. As outlined in the Gensler Design Forecast 2015, retailers and specialty clinics are a constantly growing market. Some audiences, like baby boomers looking at an early retirement, are boosting demand for specifically tailored services and particular prevention methods, rather than just treatment.
This has given rise to a number of extremely specialised clinics that might focus on one or two styles of treatment or prevention, which has further impacts on how one conducts a medical office fitout. A focus on commercial interior design for the healthcare industry is also something that will become crucial as the ageing population rises worldwide.
According to the Federal Treasury’s Intergenerational Report, the number of Australians aged 65 and over is going to more than double by 2055. This ageing population growth is a pronounced issue right across the globe – in Japan, the percentage of the population aged 60 or more by 2050 is going to be 43 per cent, according to the Gensler report.
This gives rise to a need for the aforementioned tailored office interior design when undertaking a medical fitout – but what makes for great specialist clinics, retailers or general healthcare facilities?
Keep it simple
In a 2009 Burns & McDonnell report, Designing Medical Facilities for the 21st Century, a number of recommendations were made regarding the simplicity of medical facilities. The report noted that a Michigan medical organisation saw a 30 per cent reduction in errors after it created more space in medication rooms, cut down on noise levels and reorganised its supplies.