Taking into account sanitary and epidemiological requirements is a necessity in medical office designs, and many architects can not cope with it. Although in the basic scope, the guidelines are clearly defined and it is known how large the rooms should be, how to divide them and how to locate them, and even what materials they can use to finish them, these are only general guidelines.
The authors of recommendations to which interior designers of medical offices must comply, created them in an abstract form, i.e. without checking how the offices are built in practice and what the real possibilities of their adaptation are. The conditions are therefore theoretically simple and clearly formulated, but in practice their use is complicated.
In the case of medical offices built from scratch, creating the space that fully complies with the requirements of the Sanitary Inspectorate is possible at a low cost, but when adapting rooms that are already existing, usually the existing installations must be modernized or a serious interference in a permanent fixture is required.
Designing doctor’s offices:
The space is more and more often very limited, however, it is necessary to ensure the functional separation of several zones in each office. Here the rules are not always precise, so the architect must demonstrate considerable experience in order to prepare the design in accordance with the legislator’s intention.
Designing dental surgeries:
The difficulty lies in the fact that functional and compliant interiors have a rather cool character, are unpleasant and do not provide comfort to patients. In this case the task to design the space in accordance with the guidelines, in which the patient will feel at ease, is very difficult.
Designing aesthetic medicine clinics:
In this case, there is no doubt what sanitary requirements the space must meet, but the biggest challenge is to arrange a functional place for patients, ensuring discretion, freedom and a sense of security.
Designing therapy offices:
he regulations are rather vague and the therapies are varied, as are the problems of patients. Creating a universal design seems impossible, but the architect’s task is to arrange a safe, cosy, but nonetheless fully professional space, which supports the therapist’s authority.
Designing veterinary surgeries:
Detailed regulations leave little room for maneuver when it comes to choice of materials or functional schema, but at the same time there is a problem with maintaining an individual character of the interior. It will not make a big difference to the “patients” of the surgery, but we should also take care about the opinion of animal owners.
The regulations contain many recommendations that architects would today consider to be self-evident. These include, for example, lighting of rooms, ventilation or the use of easy-to-maintain finishing materials. These standards result primarily from the desire to achieve full functionality of the designed medical offices and most often apply to all types of offices. However, it should be remembered that, like all other standards, these guidelines mean only the lower limit. They can – in order to improve the quality of services, prestige or increase functionality – be exceeded, using better materials and technologies and creating more interesting designs.
In our design studio, we prepare interior designs of commercial spaces of all types, including medical, dental, veterinary, aesthetic medicine and therapy offices. We perfectly understand the specifics of this type of space, we know the rules of the Sanitary Inspectorate, and we also understand the need to individualize the interior.
We are able to adapt most of the interiors to the needs of medical offices, if they meet the basic technical conditions. We also plan the modernization and assembly of new electrical, ventilation, air conditioning, water and sewage installations. We approach the design in a comprehensive manner, creating plans of the interiors, to which the sanitary authorities will not have the slightest reservations. We use only proven materials and modern technologies, we design not only in accordance with regulations, but also aesthetically.
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