There are a variety of challenges involved with running a doctors surgery, but also various benefits. You may be running a doctors surgery alone, or with others and your practice may also have more of a ‘health centre’ feel to it, having for example a dental practice attached or affiliated with it which will also come with various similar challenges.
The Department of Health chooses where and when to open or close surgeries. Because of this, those running a doctors surgery have to maintain their cost to patient ratio. This doesn’t mean there must be an upkeep of people who are unwell coming into the surgery, just how many people are registered with the surgery and are therefore listed as patients.
According to the Department of Health doctors surgeries practices should:
Health Centres should:
As with running any business, you will need to employ and pay the appropriate people. Of course, when running a doctor’s surgery, doctors and nurses will inevitably and crucially be required. You will also be faced with the challenge of finding admin staff, such as secretaries, receptionists and even cleaners and other service providers, all of which contribute to the successful and efficient running of a doctor’s surgery.
Likewise, if there is a dental surgery attached, you will also need to have a dental hygienist and at least one assistant per dentist in addition to admin staff.
The cost of running any type of medical practice has been on the rise since 2016. As in the case of other businesses, when the cost of the product or service rises, it is the consumer who is burdened, having to make-up the extra costs. If the supply price rises generally, those who demand it have to pay more. This however is not the case in the medical world in the United Kingdom.
Running a doctors or dental surgery comes with extra costs that other businesses may not have to worry about investing in. The capital equipment can be expensive, and provided by the person/ people running the surgery.
Costs needs to cover and provide furniture for the waiting area:
There may even have to be a stair lift in place for patients who may require it in part or all of the surgery is on an upper level. Moreover, you should consider a practice premise with car parking or easy-access parking.
You will need to provide general equipment and medical equipment for the doctors’ rooms:
Additional equipment if you are running a dental surgery:
All of the above will, of ourse, have to be kept up to date. Also, cleaning and heating should be factored into the cost.