If you are in the process of creating a pharmacy, you likely have several ideas when it comes to the floor plan. It is going to be crucial that you have a space that is functional and allows you to store all of the pharmaceutical items that you need to. If you take the time to really think of all of your needs and work with a contractor to create a floor plan that allows this, your pharmacy will work well for you, your employees, and your customers. This article will discuss 3 tips for creating a functional layout for your pharmacy

Keep Traffic In Mind 

When it comes to creating a great layout for your pharmacy, you will want to include an open floor plan. This type of floor plan gives you and your employees the space that you need to move around the pharmacy without feeling cramped and bumping into one another. You can include large aisles between your rows of shelving and also a large open area behind the front desk that allows you to easily grab prescriptions or whatever else you may need. 

Have Designated Service Areas 

Rather than having one large service area where you help all of your customers, it can be more functional and effective to instead have multiple service areas. You can have a section where patients can come to drop off their prescription, another section where they can come to pick up their prescription, and also a section that is used for consultation and instruction once your patient has been given their prescription. Having these designated areas can allow things to flow much more smoothly and will allow your customers to get the services that they need. 

Purchase Effective Shelving

The shelving in your pharmacy is going to be essential because this is what is going to hold all of your medicines and other pharmaceuticals for your patients. Because of this, you want to make sure that you put high quality shelves that can withstand the amount of weight that you are going to be putting on them. When it comes to the actual design of the shelving, you may want to consider having some of the shelves built into the walls. This will save room within the pharmacy itself, which is very important when it comes to functionality. Also, be sure that the shelves aren't too deep because this can make it difficult for you and your employees to get the items out of the shelves that you need to, without knocking things off. Lastly, if you are going to have shelves that go all the way to your ceiling, this can save space but may also increase the time it takes for you to get items off of the shelf. You will want to weigh the pros and cons to each before making your decision.