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Relocating to a new medical practice interstate?

Here are some helpful tips for a smooth move.

There’s no denying the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives. So much has changed and it’s made many people take a closer look at what’s important in life. Medical professionals are no different. Whether you’re considering a sea-change, tree-change or any other sort of permanent move, we’ve put together a few tips to ensure your interstate move is as fuss-free as possible.

Notifying existing patients

The main concern for any medical professional considering a change of scenery is the continuity of patient care. Even if you’re already packing boxes at home, your patients still need to be cared for, medically and emotionally.

While there’s no right or wrong way to notify patients, some common ways to inform people are:

  • Email – draft a concise yet straightforward explanation letter to your existing database.
  • Letter – yes, it’s a bit old school, but if you have an aging clientele, it might be the best method. Letter template – New practice location.
  • Online – put a notice on your website or social media accounts. Pop up examples.

Remember to allow for questions and concerns, directing patients to the most convenient method of discussing your imminent move with you or your team.

Use a checklist

While each checklist will be different, here are a few people you’ll need to notify:

  • Active patients
  • Specialists and others you regularly refer to or consult with
  • Third party vendors and suppliers
  • Employees (don’t forget any on leave)
  • Learning facilities – if you host students or other learning professionals
  • Sponsorship – do you sponsor any local events, sports teams or activities?

Try a well developed to do list app for your phone.

Family Matters

Moving is right at the top of the list when it comes to stressful events in life. And while taking care of your professional needs is important, don’t forget your family. Consider their needs as well.

Consider your family's needs
Consider your family’s needs

Prepping before the big move

  • Summon your inner Marie Kondo and declutter before you start packing.
  • Get the kids involved. Allow them to take ownership of their own stuff but delegate some smaller jobs as well.
  • Call around to find out who will be best served by donating your pre-loved items.
  • Plan a timeline well in advance of moving day. And stick to it! Colour coding works a treat.
  • Book in a removalist ahead of time. Be sure to get quotes in writing, so there are no nasty surprises once all your worldly belongings are on their truck.
  • If you have school-age children, this comprehensive article from the Australian parenting website raisingchildren.net.au is full of fantastic advice. Bursting with practical tips for preparation and settling in, it’s well worth a read.

If you’re considering making a move and are on the hunt for a new medical practice to lease or buy, Medical Rooms Online features a wide array of options to explore all across Australia. For more information, email [email protected] or call 1300 28 28 03 today.

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