What Do You Require To Set Up A Primary Medical Clinic?

Setting up a primary medical care facility is a decision to first be lauded as it is taking into consideration the welfare of the people. Setting up a clinic requires the same amount of effort as any other business or commercial venture. It involves several phases such as, the planning phase, the phase which involves deciding on the location and then getting the design, construction and interiors as per the requirement. Apart from the design and setting up of the physical space, the planning also involves the phase which necessitates the procurement of required papers including mandatory licenses and the required permissions to start the practice. These are a must to start a medical care center anywhere.

The next phase involves setting the healthcare equipment Australia requires in each and every clinic. This equipment and devices can be for a private clinic or for the large hospital where someone is appointed to procure the equipment and supplies. The list of equipment and the ways to purchase them might definitely differ for a private clinic and a hospital, however, some of the basic equipment as well as devices will remain the same at both the places. Some of these basic devices and equipment include –

  • Automated external defibrillator
  • Tympanometer or audiometer
  • Autoclave
  • Scales to measure body weight
  • A basic diagnostic toolbox that includes a thermometer, blood pressure monitor, oximeter to check the pulse and similar basic diagnostic equipment
  • Colposcope
  • Centrifuge
  • Supplies and equipment needed for emergencies, such as an oxygen mask, aspirators, airways, resuscitation masks
  • Examination table including those for pediatric purposes, bariatric and for power examination along with step stools
  • ECG or electrocardiogram unit and its accessories
  • Centrifuge and other diagnostic equipment required in a laboratory setup, such as glucose and urine and chemistry analyzers, and microscope
  • Eye charts
  • Tables to perform procedures
  • Specialized equipment for fetal monitoring and use of the spirometer
  • Protective gear, such as gloves, face masks, eyewear, aprons, etc.
  • Wheelchairs for patients with special needs
  • Sharps containers and stainless steel equipment
  • Janitorial equipment
  • Other appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers, water filtration system, television, telephone, clock, computer and its accessories including a printer
  • Lighting equipment specialized for particular functions
  • Appliances for a break room, such as microwave, coffee maker, toaster and refrigerator for food storage purposes
  • Furniture specific for examination room, blood draw room, procedure room, and for office as well as waiting room along with required shelving and cabinetry plus storage space

These are just the basic requirement and definitely not the complete list. If the list seems daunting, there are agencies and services that will help with the complete medical and general equipment purchase along with its setup, thus easing the burden.

A few other pointers that can be kept in mind include –

  • Having appropriate safety gear apart from hand gloves and masks for infectious diseases and curbing its spread. Also, use of cleaning agents including antimicrobial cleaning agents to prevent the spread of microbes and infectious agents
  • Making arrangements to entertain and engage pediatric patients
  • Arrangements in terms of examination tables and weighing scales for obese patients since obesity is fast becoming an epidemic
  • Exam tables that can be either automatic or manual depending on the comfort level and skill set of the staff and more important depending on the comfort of the patients
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