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Size Matters: Remake, Remodel

27.10.2016

With an ever increasing and ageing population, patient list sizes are inevitably becoming larger and space within surgeries can be at a premium even in premises that are in other aspects fit for purpose.

In such cases, attention can be turned to the existing buildings to improve, remodel or even extend with a view to maximising the use of the current space.

Extending existing buildings can be an effective option, but careful consideration is required. It is not uncommon that this impacts on the existing layout. For example, if the area of land to extend into is adjacent to a row of clinical rooms, then undoubtedly you have to gain access to the extended area via an existing consulting room. Subsequently, two new rooms need to be built to generate a net increase of one.

Invariably with the right professional team a solution can be found that is space efficient. For example; converting existing consulting rooms into extended waiting areas to serve a new
suite of clinical rooms. Ultimately, care and attention is required when extending premises and a professional team who can bring a wealth of experience from working with practices in similar situations can be invaluable, particularly in ensuring the surgery can continue to run with the minimum disruption whilst the works are underway. The benefits realised, in a fresh, spacious and coherent medical facility, are readily appreciated by patients and staff alike.

Where expansion possibilities are limited, a remodelling of the internal space may be an option. This may involve freeing up underutilised space by refurbishing non-clinical rooms to meet current infection control standards so they can be used for a range of clinical uses. With careful analysis of the existing space and through good design, more efficient working practices and better patient flow can be achieved.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of a development or a remodel of your internal space please get in touch with our Development team on 01925 420660 or email us at development@assura.co.uk