In the last nine years, I have spent more than my share of time in doctors offices. Especially with my journey with endometriosis, my obgyns’s office has become a second home. I know all of the staff and they all know me and my family. I always joke that I have earned “frequent flyer” miles and that my doctor would have to start wheeling my chart in with a wheelbarrow as its gotten quite thick.
At one of my last visits, the nurse took myself and my husband back to one of the rooms and after taking my temperature and blood pressure, she left the room and put my chart on the holder in the door. Within a few minutes, we heard a loud crash and an “oh, shoot” (verdict is out on whether not the word was “shoot” or some other version…lol). My chart seemed to have won the battle against the holder. Last time I noticed shiny new reinforced brackets were installed!
In my time spent in this particular office, I could offer a few pieces of redesign advice. To start with a positive, I love the calm, serene blue they chose for the paint in the waiting area and having a water cooler with cups available is great. Two thumbs up. However, the chairs are extremely uncomfortable. In all of my years, I have only visited one doctors office that actually had comfortable chairs in the waiting room (my rheumatologist’s office has recliners!). The exam rooms could be a little more welcoming as well. Would a fluffy robe and memory foam exam table versus the thin gowns and paper covers be too much to ask? A basket of fuzzy socks would be great too
Check out this waiting room at Hevia Cosmetic Dermatology in Miama, Fl!
This hospital room by the Medical Office Interior Design is gorgeous!
My biggest wish for my doctors office – I think any obgyn office in general as I have had similar discussions with ladies over time in my infertility group – is to make the space more infertile-friendly. Dealing with pregnant women is obviously a big portion of the clientele so the abundance of pregnancy magazines and posters is understandable but there are also those trying to get pregnant and having difficulty conceiving that find it hard to look at. I am not saying that there needs to be a separate “fertile” and “infertile” waiting areas as that is a stretch but I know many occasions where there was not a single non-pregnancy/parenting magazine in the entire waiting area. It was hard to sit there when I was dying inside from yet another failed fertility cycle when I had a row of smiling pregnant women starting back at me. Side note: my doctor’s office is awesome for grouping ob appointments and gyn appointments together so very rarely did I have an infertility appointment in the midst of pregnant women and I am so thankful for that.
If you had to redesign a doctor’s office, what would you change?