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You’ve got patients on the books, and you’re working well to take care of them and provide a level of healthcare they deserve. And you’re operating comfortably, and you know you could take on a few more patients if only they came your way. Well, now’s your chance to stop waiting for them to walk through your practice’s doors, and draw them in with what you have to offer.
So with that in mind, here’s a few of the best ways you can try to take on more patients in your medical practice, even as a small business with less of a reputation than your main competitors out there.
Allow Patients to Book Online
Booking online saves your patients the hassle of having to wait on the phone to be connected to someone at the reception desk, and then have to go through the process of trying to make an appointment with a doctor or nurse or specialist who is already inundated with upcoming meetings. And it certainly saves them the time and energy of having to walk through the door in person!
So if you allow patients to book via your website, they can instantly know when the professional they want to see is available, and take full control over the entire booking process. And in an automated system, all this information filters naturally into your schedule, so there’s no chance an unexpected patient will turn up.
Offer Advanced Services
Your patients come to you for advice and a diagnosis, if need be, and it’s this process that often needs the most refining within your medical practice, especially if you’re looking to take on more patients. If you have more people needing medical advice, per each professional on the payroll, you’re going to need to get quicker with consultations. But at the same time, you’ll need to still try and maintain the same amount of precision per patient.
Which is where a bit of technology can come in to help. After all, the more tech you have on site, the more services you can offer, and the further you can take a diagnosis once it’s given out. For example, something like a portable ultrasound machine would work wonders if you specialise in stomach conditions, allowing doctors a look inside when someone complains of gut pain, or if you have an OB/GYN office as well. Word can really get around about how helpful your service is because of these advanced options patients can take.
Taking on more patients in a medical practice can be quite a step up, as it took you a long time to get the regular patients you already have. But make sure you’re preparing yourself for a time like this, as you never know when an influx of patients will be headed your way, by which point expansion becomes a crucial idea to follow through on.