Waiting rooms for a doctors or a dentist visit aren’t fun places to be. Usually when we come to use one of these rooms in our lives, it’s because we are ill or injured and in need of help and advice. As the owner of a doctor’s surgery or a dental surgery, you will want to do all that you can to make a waiting room comfortable and cosy for patients. Here are some of the ways that you can make the waiting room in your surgery more comfortable and relaxed for anyone who uses it.
One of the easiest ways to make your waiting room a little more interesting a well as educational for patients is to play waiting room videos on a tv for everyone to see. When waiting for an appointment patients will gladly watch anything to distract themselves, and it can be a good opportunity to play videos which give helpful medical advice and information. This could even be a great chance to play CPR training videos to help educate people on what they need to do in an emergency.
Provide books and magazines
If you want to keep things fairly simple in your waiting room, one of the things you can do is provide books and magazines for people to read as they wait for their appointments. Magazine subscriptions are usually reasonably priced and you may be able to get a discount as a medical organisation. You can pick a few different books and welcome donations from people in the local area who have books which they will no longer read.
Have a water dispenser
One of the things you have to do when you create a waiting area for a large group of people is to think about how long they might be waiting for an appointment. Sometimes you will have busy days and appointments may overrun a little, and this can have people waiting for longer than 5-10 minutes. In this case it can be a great idea for you to have a water dispenser with disposable cups which people can use when they need it.
Create a play area
The doctors can be a scary place for a child, and they often feel intimidated and scared when they sit in the waiting room. This is why it can be a valuable asset to your room to have a play area which can be used to distract the children and make them feel at ease. You could ask for donations from the local area to create a set of toys and games which will make kids feel at home and give their parents a little bit of peace too!
Add some home comforts
Making the waiting room more relaxing and inviting can be a challenge, and one of the ways you can do this is to bring some home comforts to the space. A house plant here and there, some candles or reed diffusers, and cushions on the seats to make them feel more comfortable. Any of these things can make a waiting room feel like less of a bad place and this can make all the difference when people come for appointments.