Pharmacy Renovations

Project Management for Pharmacies

Pharmacies require special attention. Their success depends on efficient use of space, a modern yet functional design and floor plan and meeting the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) guidelines. Pharmacies require adequate protection and security that comes with dispensing drugs and maintaining operational efficiency with respect to multiple, strict regulations that control access to certain substances. MedPros provides a turnkey solution for pharmacy construction and renovation acting as the single point of responsibility throughout the project.

Architectural Plans

MedPros works with architects specializing in constructing medical facilities to create a unique plan for pharmacies with special priority given to security and storage requirements. Our experienced team can help with:

  • Design of site plan, key plan, and OBC matrix
  • Analysis of existing general and section floor plans against proposed revisions for renovation with key details clearly encoded in notes, legends, and specifications
  • Design of raised floor plan and ramp detail for patient accessibility
  • Allocations for compact interior design and furniture
  • Ceiling plan and lighting specifications
  • Custom millwork design
  • Inclusion of plumbing fixtures and accessories, electrical and wiring specifications, ventilation and temperature control requirements, and secure access points.

Utility Considerations

Climate-controlled drug storage and laboratory use require specific power, ventilation, and plumbing requirements that must be considered and properly allocated for in the construction process. MedPros helps to ensure optimal drug storage, secure access to restricted areas, and sanitation by incorporating these requirements in the wiring, climate control, and plumbing system of your pharmacy:

  • Energy-saving power and lighting layout
  • Implementation of electronically-powered access systems, as well as life safety plans in case of emergency
  • Implementation of specific electrical and mechanical safety protocols for operating laboratory equipment
  • Custom HVAC design for climate-controlled environments and storage of temperature-sensitive substances
  • Proper plumbing layout for laboratories
  • Proper sprinkler layout for emergency response.

Patient Care and Access

At the core of the design and construction process is the patient experience when coming into the pharmacy to pick up their prescriptions and access the life-saving drugs they need. Our goal is to strike a balance between patient accessibility through a smooth and straightforward flow of traffic and secure access to controlled substances that only authorized personnel should be able to access.

  • Comfortable and confidential prescription pick-up station, with ease of access afforded to pharmacists and staff dispensing medication
  • Welcoming reception desk and comfortable waiting areas
  • Industry-grade laboratory equipment with state-of-the-art access control and safety protocols
  • Professional private offices for healthcare providers
  • Modern and accessible washrooms, vanities, and kitchenettes or break rooms
  • Perfectly-fitting cabinetry and storage solutions that afford staff with ease of access to necessary supplies.

Modern Aesthetic

Pharmacies require a compact and efficient design that also communicates the highest levels of security and professionalism. As a leading pharmacy in your area, you will want to instill confidence in a secure and sanitary facility where they can safely access the drugs they need to heal and ensure their long-term health. Some of the most common design elements that help to communicate these professional standards include glass and stainless steel. These can be used for:

  • Custom glass entry and exit solutions, such as glass doors, frameless enclosures, sliding and pocket doors, and top-of-the-line access controls to restricted areas
  • Upgraded windows with film treatments that promote both privacy and aesthetic value.

Tech and Network Upgrades

MedPros equips pharmacies with the latest tech and network equipment for communicating with patients as well as facilitating secure team communications. As well, custom IT solutions are deployed to ensure the highest levels of confidentiality concerning drug and equipment storage, as well as patient information and medical histories. MedPros can assist with:

  • Needs analysis to determine if the purchase of upgraded IT equipment is necessary
  • Installation of custom pharmacy management software, as well as corresponding cabling and network upgrades to ensure uninterrupted staff access to crucial operational and patient information
  • Staff training and ongoing support for proper use of computers, modems, patch panels, uninterrupted power supplies (UPS), and electronically-linked laboratory equipment.

Pharmacy Security

MedPros equips pharmacies with leading technology in building security to prevent break-ins and potentially harmful access to controlled substances. Our goal is to help you keep patients as safe and healthy as possible by regulating access to otherwise harmful drugs that must be taken only with proper prescription. Our team conducts a building security analysis tailored to the specific access control requirements of pharmacies and installs necessary security upgrades, that may include:

  • Installation and periodic upgrades to integrated CCTV cameras and security alarms
  • Installation of specific access control mechanisms and alarms in restricted areas, such as drug storage rooms and laboratories
  • Ongoing review and recommendations for improving camera and alarm placement, as well as access control systems
  • Activation of remote and mobile access to security cameras and alarms.

Project Financing

MedPros works with pharmacists envisioning a modern drug dispensing facility that utilizes state-of-the-art equipment, storage solutions, and access control mechanisms. We share your vision in promoting patient safety through strict adherence to regulations concerning controlled substances and the provision of drug therapy only as prescribed. We ensure this by eliminating financial barriers that impede your vision and instead connect you with our network of trusted financial partners in order to successfully finance the construction of your world-class, state-of-the-art pharmacy.

For more information on construction project management for pharmacies, call MedPros at 416-479-0077 or contact us here.

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