As a doctor, has it ever happened to you that your patients are waiting in the waiting room for an hour, but it’s your lunchtime? Or that your patient has just reached their appointment, but it’s the 10th day you will be late to go home again? These are some of the common scenarios for doctors in the clinic – but you’d be surprised how much a proper scheduling strategy can change your professional lifestyle.
Do you want to know some simple tips every doctor can implement to stay on schedule? Read ahead.
Tips To Be Improving Your Scheduling of Patients
Automate your processes, use a scheduling software
Scheduling software is changing how small clinics or even hospitals function today. If you explore, you will know that there are many software programs available in the market that you can use for scheduling. Any of those can help you organize and keep you on track.
Although which software will work for you depends on factors like your budget, technical abilities, and other requirements.
Schedule certain days for specific procedures
Some doctors keep particular weekdays only for check-ups or sometimes exclusively for check-ups. You can use the software to schedule the check-ups according to the days of the week. And this way, you can restrict enough time for each patient and not have to rush.
Take breaks between patients
Depending on your reputation as a doctor and where you have your clinic, you might have many patients every day. And as a doctor, you might want to see them all. But if you do this without taking small breaks between 2 or 3 patients, you will soon grow tired and impatient.
It is always recommended that you use your scheduling software to remind you to take breaks of 5-10 minutes before seeing the next patient. This not only increases your efficiency but also makes sure that each patient has your full attention.
Communicate with other staff members
If you need to reschedule your Appointment or want to take a longer break, let your front desk or other staff know about the same. This way, you and your staff are prepared for the patients accordingly, and no one is caught off guard.
Don’t overbook yourself
Do you have any count of how many patients you see in a day? Is there a particular number under your control, or do you see as many patients that arrive? Yes, seeing all that arrives might contribute to your positive reputation, but this usually ends up being trouble.
Overbooking yourself will only lead to frustration and end up making your care’s quality suffer.
By following these tips, you can improve your scheduling and make life a little easier for both yourself and your patients. Everyone will appreciate the extra attention to detail and appreciate having their needs taken into consideration.