Setting up a GP surgery can be a bit of a minefield. There is so much to consider when you are starting out from basics such as finding a suitable property and location to more detailed solutions such as locum insurance such as this – so what do you need to think about when you are setting up a GP surgery for the first time?

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Think about what sort of service will you offer? Will you be a doctor’s surgery or a health centre (both have differing rules, so you may want to look into this). Some doctor’s surgeries also include dentists or emergency dental access centres. If this is an additional service that you will provide, you also need to factor in the costs of the dental equipment that will be needed.

Think about how many patients you can have on the register before you begin, and ensure that you have enough doctors working at the surgery to cover the amount of patients that you have there.

As well as employing doctors, nurses and possibly dental staff, you also need to employ reception and admin staff to ensure that the business runs smoothly. Some surgeries also employ a business manager or office manager to keep an eye on finances and deal with service providers such as the confidential waste disposal and other important matters.

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Make sure that your premises are a pleasant place for people to be. People often get nervous coming to the doctors and providing a waiting room that is comfortable and reassuring is important for patients. Think about what furniture you will put in place.