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This is very much a fantasy office that I’m thinking of, and specifically, it’s a fantasy waiting room. I don’t spend a lot of time with doctors. I spend what sometimes feels like eons waiting to see the doctors.
I wish doctor’s offices had comfortable waiting rooms. This is the type of waiting room many of us know.
Sitting with the sick, huddled masses on chairs that are in rows and along the walls – with the obligatory fish tank that is supposed to lower stress levels – is not my idea of comfort on the best of days. When you are dealing with a chronic illness and you are in pain or feeling weak, it sometimes takes every fibre of your being to not scream and cry. Especially when the doctor is running behind schedule.
The waiting area would take comfortable and relaxing elements from bed and breakfasts and hotels. There would be an indoor area, an outdoor area and an atrium. The waiting room would have comfortable couches, chairs and La-Z-Boy chairs if you would like to, or need to, lie down. There would be an outdoor area so that children could have a place to run around and an atrium area so that you could “get away from it all” and relax.
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And, in my fantasy, everyone has health insurance and there’s always enough doctors, nurses and assistants. There is no shortage of staff, people aren’t overworked and everything runs smoothly. If your doctor is running behind schedule and you don’t need to see your doctor, one of the other doctors or nurses will see you so that you don’t have to wait.
If you need to see a doctor and your doctor is sick or on holidays, one of the other doctors will help you because there are enough doctors for all! And there is extended and weekend hours so that if you need to see a doctor during off hours, all of your medical information is there. You don’t have to go to another doctor’s office and see someone who is not familiar with you or your health.
I want the wait to be as relaxing as possible for the patients and everyone accompanying the patients. These are the little extras I would like.
A coat check area that would also look after shoes and boots on rainy and wintery days.
Separate areas for people who have viruses to help not spread the colds and flues but who still need to see the doctor.
A media room with TVs with headphones, up-to-date books, magazines and tablets.
A separate, sound proof room for small kids with workers to watch the kids.
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A masseuse so that you can get a quick head and neck massage.
Blankets (warmed on damp and cold days) and slippers.
Snack area with healthy foods and drinks.
If you choose to wait and see your doctor, you get a pager. You can then go to one of the other areas and you will get paged when you are the next patient to see your doctor.
Did I mention there would be a masseuse?
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