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The finishing touches to your new practice

Fitting out a new surgery or refurbishing an existing is often perceived a time consuming, exhausting and demanding task. Such task however it is an exciting and trans-formative time in the life-cycle of your practice. Even after the design and construction process is complete, there are still the finishing touches that need to be considered before the practice is 100% finished, fresh and functional.  Ultimately these last additions define the difference between a standard practice and a stunning practice.

Some things to think about that we consider the finishing touches to your stunning new healthcare environment include:

Directional Signage

It’s important that patients can comfortably find their way through a new practice. Clear, well-placed directional signage is essential to ensure they can locate the WC’s, or surgeries when unaccompanied, as well as find their way back to reception at the end of an appointment.

Waiting Area

If existing seating is being re-used, ensure the upholstery fabrics are in sympathy with the colours and textures of the new environment. Old furniture can often be at odds and ‘pull back’ the aesthetic if it isn’t suitably updated. For the comfort of patients, lamps may also need consideration if adequate reading light hasn’t been provided in the ceiling lighting.

Refreshment Station

Providing refreshments is a courtesy your patients will be grateful for. If they’re provided through self-service, make sure an attractive waste area is provided to conceal any  used cups or sachets etc… It’s also important that staff are adequately briefed on the upkeep and maintenance of these areas to ensure they’re maintained and don’t become unsightly.

Patient Courtesy

Coat hooks, chairs for those accompanying visitors, tissues and mirrors should all be provided for patient comfort.

Product Display

Offering products for sale is an important part of servicing patients well, as it enables them to recommend the appropriate products to patients. Not only is this convenient and beneficial for patients, the revenue generated from product sales can be seen as a side benefit. It’s important that product displays are placed effectively so patients can comfortably peruse selections. The best time to plan for product displays is during the floorplan development stage, as accommodating them effectively at a later date can be difficult. Artwork Focal points in the visual environment are critical. While a good budget for artworks provides many great options for aesthetic and visual emphasis, inexpensive and well framed reproductions can also provide the visual relief required. Any existing artworks may well have a new lease of life if re-framed to work with the new fit-out. Tip: if artworks aren’t particularly sizable, they can easily be given greater emphasis by framing them to increase the matt; this is the cardboard area between the artwork and the frame.

Decorative Pieces

Sculptures, backlit panels, textured surfaces, upholstered panels; fiberglass, acrylic or resin panels within fills and graphic panels can all provide visually effective solutions for areas requiring focal emphasis. Such pieces aren’t necessarily expensive either, for example, fabric panels with texture, pattern or colour can be used inexpensively to create a powerful effect where required. Special lighting pieces are another excellent way to create interesting effects; by emphasizing colour, texture, light or shadow they can add interest to a nook, corner or entire wall surface. Signature furniture pieces or mobiles hung in high ceiling areas can also be incorporated for engaging visual impact. There’s certainly no question that refurbishing or relocating is a demanding time. However, if you go the extra mile and offer attention to the finer details, you can sit back and smile at a job well done while your new patients start to roll in the door.

    

By Andrew Arnot
Project Consultant
Levitch Design Australia

As it appeared in the Australasian Dentist Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

Very helpful and professional through out the process. The support we received after fit out completion was fantastic, we requested a few minor adjustments after installation and no request was too hard. Excellent communication, would happily recommend to anyone.read more
Excellent attitude and quality service. It is increasingly rare for the leadership/ management team as a whole, of a company, to take personal care and deliver in a timely manner. Everybody is impressively polite, and I have zero hesitation in recommending Levitch Design Australia.read more
Australian Skincare
Australian Skincare
20:11 17 Jul 18
designs are beautiful, talk to Dean Arnot if you want to build with Levitch, he is very quick to respond to your calls and very thoroughread more
Eunice Park
Eunice Park
11:43 13 Nov 17
The entire team at Levitch Design are very professional and easy to work with. I am very pleased with how our dental practice looks. From the start they were informative and always helpful, going out of their way to make sure the final design and plan was what we envisioned. I would highly recommend Levitch Design to anyone !read more
Karan S Baran
Karan S Baran
06:39 27 Oct 17
I engaged Levitch Design Australia for the renovation, rebranding and marketing of my Dental Practice, and from start to finsih I was very impressed with their professionalism. I didn't realise initially that they would be able to oversee all aspects of the project, and having them do this allowed for a seamless integration of the vision across all parties. They were professional, creative, addressed any concern thoroughly and in a timely manner, and were a pleasure to deal with. Since completion, the feedback from patients has been extremely positive, and we have noticed an increase in revenue as a result. I would highly recommend Levitch Design Australia.read more
Alistair Graham
Alistair Graham
06:03 05 Jul 17