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Fitting Out A Modern Day Medical Centre In Stafford Brisbane

The Background of the Medical Centre in Stafford Brisbane

Approximately 1 year ago I decided to embark on the process of buying into the Medical centre where I was working as a Psychologist.  The medical centre was a dated centre in Stafford, Brisbane where a sole GP worked with a bunch of part-time Allied Health Practitioners.  I was motivated to buy into the place because I always wanted to become a business owner and I felt that owning a medical centre was a good investment.  The medical centre was also owned by my 62-year-old mother who was nearing retirement.  I wanted to provide her with a successful business that she could rely in her retirement.  In order for the business to become more profitable we needed 3 other GPs to work there and we needed the place to be accredited.  The 1st step was a new office fit out.

Little did I know what challenges and stresses lay ahead.  This blog post is a summary of the fit-out process for the Medical Centre and some lessons that I learnt that will hopefully help others going through this process in the future.  And maybe give clients an appreciation about what goes into running a successful medical centre from the fit-out side of things.

The Design/ Planning Process

The process started by having several conversations with staff and the GP about my proposed changes to the design of the building.  Essentially we were going to expand into the stop next door, add a number of extra consulting rooms and make the place look a lot more professional.  This consultation process was long and there were a number (often trivial) considerations to take on board.  I would say that the design part of the process was the most important and where the most arguments occurred.  Everybody had their thoughts and we found it very difficult to reach a consensus.

The GP wanted to consult an architect to help us finalise the designs.  We ended up using Hayes Architects.  I had concerns that this was an unnecessary expense and felt that ultimately we didn’t need them.  I felt that using a builder would be enough.  After receiving a bill for our initial meetings at over $6000 with no formal plan we knew that utilising architects were not for us.  Instead, we went ahead with just using a builder.

Once we had a floor plan of what we wanted – I contacted a Builder (Hans Young) and we stated construction in November.  The construction phase would last for 3 months between November 1st and January 31st.  I had done other work with Hans in the past and I knew that he was the man for the job.

The Fit out/ Build Process (Part 1)

The first 3-4 days I spent with the builder finalising the designs and the different trades people we were going to use.  They included:

  • * Electricians
  • * Plasterers
  • * Plumber
  • * Concreters
  • * Handymen
  • * Labourers
  • * Fire Safety
  • * Painter
  • * Glaziers
  • * Cabinet Maker
  • * Air Conditioning Installer

I got the builder to manage all the tradespeople.  In the past, I have tried to project manage the job myself and landed myself in trouble.  The key was finding good tradespeople to use.  Most of the tradespeople were A team players but there were a few who let me down and really slowed the project at different times.  For example, the cabinet maker was 1 month late with installing the cabinets which was very frustrating.  Overall, I was very happy with the different tradespeople that I used.  Some were referred to me by the builder, some were found through service seeking and some I had used in the past.

Cost = $80,000

The Fit Out/ Build Process (Part 2)

The second part of the fit-out process was much more foreign to me because I hadn’t done it before and didn’t have any connections.  It involved installing IT systems, Internet, Phones etc.

(1) Updating Computer Systems

We had very old Eftpost/ Fax/ Computer systems that needed to be updated and we knew that it wasn’t going to come cheap.  We ended up using Parkes Design who specialised in IT systems for medical centres.  They provided us with a Server, IT security, Tyro Eftpost terminals and 4 new computers for reception and GPs.  Best of all – they charged us very minimal ongoing fees.  Most other specialised Medical IT firms charge more than $300/ month in ongoing fees.

Cost = $14,000

(2) Updating Telephone Systems

Due to the fact that we were changing the location of the reception area and adding additional rooms we also needed to upgrade the computer systems.  We ended up purchasing a phone system ourselves and then paying an expert phone installation technician to install them.  The process was a lot more complicated than expected and relied upon the phone technician working in conjunction with our electrician.

Cost = $4000  

(3) Choosing An Internet/ Phone Provider

The practice was currently being serviced by Telstra Business.  We were paying approximately $400/ month for 3 phone lines and Internet.  I did some research and came up with 3 different providers

(1) Internode

(2) Telstra

(3) Commander (Telstra Wholesaler)

Internode was the cheapest option and they seemed to have good support.  However, I was worried about the difficulty of changing providers.  We ended up signing with Commander because we were able to stay on the Telstra network and they provided us with a better deal than Telstra.

If I had my time again I would have stayed with Telstra because Commander were an absolute nightmare to deal with.  There were soo many hidden fees and their customer service was absolutely horrible.

Cost = $3000 set up fees + $400/ month 

Summary 

In total the fit out cost us approximately $100k and took the best part of 3 months to complete.  If you get the design process right, have the correct amount of funding available and work with professionals then you can achieve a very good outcome.  I definitely learnt a lot through this process and it has been worth the time, money and effort put into it.  We now have a very professional medical centre that our clients love and allow us to attract the clients that we wish to serve.  And most importantly the different practitoners feel proud to work in a modern medical centre Stafford.

Plumbers & Bathroom Renovations In Brisbane

Plumbers & Bathroom Renovations In Brisbane The Basic Guide.

Every modern home owner who wants to carry out renovations on their home in Brisbane will at some stage need to hire a plumber to help them renovate the bathroom. A lot of times renovating a bathroom will require an interior designer to work alongside a plumber to make sure that all of the designs and changes are compliant with the Australian safety standards. A lot of bathrooms will need new Fittings, pipes, drains and toilets just to begin with.

Specialist plumbing fittings.

Often a homeowner in Brisbane will have a particular taste for a certain style of Fittings these Fittings need to be installed by a professional plumber in Brisbane to make sure that they comply with the Brisbane Council building codes and other general standards. These fittings can range from taps right through to showerheads. Many people will choose their design around the existing architecture of the Brisbane home. For example if a house was built in the Federation period all of the Fittings and bathroom fittings may be selected to suit the style of that period.

8 Phases of Swimming Pool Construction

Having a swimming pool in your home is a great improvement for the property. It allows you to have a place where you can hang out with your friends and family especially during the weekends where you can have a barbeque and relax by the pool to cool down a bit.

But the first step is to find a good pool builder Brisbane we recommend concrete pools Brisbane as they can help construct the swimming pool with no worries on your part. Swimming pool construction can be summarized in these 8 phases.

1. Designing the swimming pool

Infinity Swimming PoolThere are many types of concrete swimming pools that you can go for. Do you prefer it to be round? Or maybe, you want it square? What colour do you want it? And how deep does it have to be? These are some things that you first need to decide as a homeowner.

2. Excavate

Once you’ve chosen the right design, it is time to excavate the area. At this point, a backhoe is going to be needed in order to efficiently dig through your property. At this point, you will need to have a permit, in order to avoid any legal problems such as running on utility lines while performing pool construction.

3. Grading the ground

On this step, builders start to flatten the ground to make it easier to install the walls.

4. Building a frame

The frame will be used in order to build the wall. The frame makes sure that the walls are going to make the walls even.

5. Plumbing work

A pool builder usually has a licensed Brisbane plumber on their team. Both supply and filtration system are installed at this point on a pool.

6. Pouring of the floor and building the wall

Once the plumbing work has been installed, it is now time to place the wall and the floor. A cement truck is usually used in this part of the construction.

7. Finish the walls

Once the contractor has cemented the walls and the floor of the pool, it is time to have a finish. Not only does it make the pool aesthetically appealing, it also serves as some type of moisture barrier. This prevents water from leaking outside.

8. Fill the outside

Now, it isn’t just the pool that you have to deal with. You also need to have a safe material used to fill the outside part of the pool. Expect that it can get wet, and may even be a bit slippery at times.

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The Benefits of Tree Lopping

We can never deny the fact thattrees help us in so many ways. A tree produces and cleansesthe air we breathe. It helps us build a house. It has a great distribution in fighting climate change and so much more. However, trees also need care and maintenance in order for it to function well.Tree lopping is one of the methods that maintains trees and is somewhat similar to trimming, it cuts or trims down parts of the tree to help it growother healthy branches and/or removes parts that may cause danger. Tree loppers Brisbane not only benefit the trees but it also benefits all of us. So here’s the list why tree lopping is beneficial not just for trees, but also for everyone:

 

  1. To enhance the health of the tree

It is best to cut or trim down the dead ordying part of the tree and let it regrow.Letting a dying branch uncut can be harmful to the tree itself as it slowly decays its parts and eventually affects the entire tree. If this happens, it will be harmful not just to the tree, but also to the properties and/or people near the proximity of the tree.

 

  1. For safety

If a branch (for example) is dying, it weakens its parts and will easily break resulting indamage to property or worse causing injury to people. This can be prevented through tree lopping. Furthermore, anyone should be ready for storms and winds because weak branches can be a threat to your family and properties.

 

  1. To improve the tree’s appearance

Tree lopping enhances the look and structure of the tree.It will stop or at least reduce growing weak branches. It will also prevent the branches fromcrossing over each other competing for space.Experts can shape the tree/s to improve overall appearance.

 

  1. To save the tree

There is also a certain case when a tree is hit by a lightning. Brisbane Tree lopping is one of the proven methods that can help the tree live longer. What experts do is they will just cut the damaged part of the tree to allow new branches to grow.

 

  1. To benefit smaller trees

Clearing out some branches from a tree allows more light to go through the younger and smaller trees. This will help the smaller trees and plants below to breathe. Also, this promotes air circulation and reduces wind resistance for the tree to be able to handle strong winds.

 

  1. To clear out run away branches in the streets

When a tree is located in the streets, it can affect traffic and pedestrian flow. Run away branchesmight possiblycover walkwaysthat can make walking and biking on the sidewalk difficult.It will alsocovertraffic signs and views which will make it hard for drivers to see and read. This will cause a disruption in the flow of the traffic or worse, road accidents.That’s why tree lopping is necessary to clear out those branches.

Hi ! I’m Will

I have passion for new technology that can improve the built world. I pursue any continuous improvement efforts that can save companies time and money while improving safety and quality

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