Recipe for an Electronic Noticeboard

notice_board.pngDubbo Family Doctors took the idea of a practice noticeboard and extended it to better suit their own purposes.

As Ai-Vee Chua writes
“In the spirit of PDSAs, I am submitting one ‘small’ step in the multitude of changes we have made (and will make) at our practice as a result of being involved in the APCC program…”

“Our waiting room is relatively small, but its walls have always been filled with many posters and signs (akin to the advertising noticeboards seen at many local shops!). Following one of the APCC workshops, we returned home and decided to create an electronic noticeboard.”

Recipe for an Electronic Noticeboard


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  1. One old laptop
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  2. Version of Powerpoint downloaded free from the Internet
  3. PDF converter software
  4. TV screen with wall bracket and cabling
  5. One practice principal with an interest in IT and in being a handyman!


  1. Strip waiting room walls of existing posters/signs.
  2. Download posters from the Internet where possible and use PDF converter software to tun these into Powerpoint slides; create versions of remaining posters/signs as Powerpoint slides; add some slides of beautiful scenery (so patients can momentarily dream that they are in South America and not in a doctors waiting room in Dubbo)
  3. Mount wall bracket, mount TV screen onto wall bracket
  4. Run cable from TV screen up through ceiling, across ceiling space, and down to laptop hidden in cupboard
  5. Run repeated Powerpoint presentation throughout the day
  6. Delegate one receptionist task of maintaining electronic noticeboard slides
  7. Stick back a few posters/signs on areas of walls that require a re-touch paint job!

    Thanks for that, Ai-vee.

    Have you got an electronic noticeboard in your practice? Any suggestions for what works well? Have you developed a different solution? Let us know in the comments below. cheap cialis super active
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    6 Responses to “Recipe for an Electronic Noticeboard”

    1. Jan Rasmussen
      November 16th, 2009 | 3:49 pm

      Thanks Dubbo. It’s a great idea and I am going to try to implement it here.

    2. November 16th, 2009 | 3:56 pm

      Perhaps you could include this movie on the noticeboard.

    3. Julie Turner
      November 16th, 2009 | 3:59 pm

      What a fantastic idea. We all know that the amount of posters and health advertising material can be a virtual graffiti hazard for any waiting room or patient lounge. I will certainly be running this idea past our stakeholders.

    4. Julie Randall
      November 17th, 2009 | 8:20 am

      From, my experience with these in the UK they are very useful for advertising, health promotion. It can be used as a call system, so the patients name comes up for whichever doctor they are seeing. You do not necessarily have to have the big screen but an electronic sign similar to the road side ones which bring up information. They work well too. It has endless uses and formats.

    5. November 17th, 2009 | 8:25 am

      Great receipe…will definately pass this one onto practices to get cooking!

    6. Dianne Batterham
      December 7th, 2009 | 1:36 pm

      great idea. I am going to see if our IT department can link to front desk so that we could put doctors waiting time on.

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