Optometry practices running Sunix can now offer online bookings on their websites and Facebook pages. In the past many optometrists websites have had to go without online bookings, or at best relied on call-back style booking enquiry forms. But for optometry practices running on Sunix the wait is over!
Sunix online bookings
A company called 1st Available has recently partnered with Sunix to create an online booking system that syncs with Sunix in real time. This means patients can now book an appointment on your website (as well as via your Facebook page) and have it appear in Sunix immediately and automatically. It can be set up so that existing patients can find themselves in the system, and patients can select the appointment type required e.g. general check, contact lens fit etc.
The likely outcome is more patients making bookings, and potentially a lot of time saved (far less answering of phones!).
At a cost of $50 a month it may not be for every practice, but if you have a tech savvy patient base, and/or an existing website with a healthy amount of traffic it is likely to be very cost effective.
How does it work?
A ‘book now’ button needs to be added to your existing website. 1st Available then provides the code that activates when the button is clicked. The button and code will need to be added to your website by your website designer (or contact us for help). The code embeds a widget into the website so that when the button is clicked the widget displays on the site (the user does not have to leave your website).
The widget then displays a selection of available booking times and appointment types (all of which is controlled by you via Sunix). Following the booking process the patient is emailed a welcome/confirmation letter (content of which is also controlled by your practice). In a similar manner the widget can also be added to your practice’s Facebook page.
For assistance with setting up the appointment booking links on your website contact firstname.lastname@example.org or submit our contact form – I am a web developer and optometrist so I understand both sides of the picture :). You will also need to contact 1st Available to sign up for the service.