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Renting a room in a GP's practice

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by richae50, May 17, 2015.

  1. richae50

    richae50 Welcome New Poster

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    Hi to everyone on Pod Arena, this is the first time I have posted and wonder if you can possibly give me advice on the following please...

    I have been trying to secure a one day a week room rental of a clinic room in doctor's surgery. The last podiatrist has moved on and there is a potential for a good amount of business to come through the surgery and it's on a good bus route. The practice manager has asked me to put a proposal together of how much I would like to pay for the room - I did so, and she said that my offer was not high enough. I want to be fair but feel as though the surgery is a acting as a business (which I know it has to) and trying to get as much money from me as possible - I don't know at what point to walk away or am I potentially losing a good opportunity? how much would you pay to a surgery to rent a room for one day please?
  2. Pod66

    Pod66 Member

    What is fair will depend on what they provide..... Are you looking at a percentage per person or fee for time - rental of space?
  3. Heather J Bassett

    Heather J Bassett Well-Known Member

    Welcome richae50, try posting this in another forum, also search the tags as there are similar posts. This is a common issue with health professionals.

    It may be worth finding out what happened with the last Podiatrist. These positions are often not secure and can change with any alterations within the clinic.

    When you leave who "owns" the clients? Suggest that you read the fine print carefullly.

    Consider, can you increase the hours, days? Do you control your fees? Do you have room in the facility to do more than just cut toenails?

    Both yourself & the clinic are running a business. It needs to be economically viable for both.

    Good luck with your decisions

  4. Pod66

    Pod66 Member

    Hi ,
    I agree with heather- you can invest time and energies into a client list which may be - technically owed by the medical practice if you use their computer systems - so if things turn sour You can be left with nothing to transfer .
    Make sure the agreement is in writing and read the fine print. History does tend to repeat !
    Good luck,
  5. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    You asked

    and the answer is "How long is a piece of string?".

    There are a lot of variables here that you need to get pinned down.

    Firstly, what are you actually getting for your money?
    Do you get clerical support, will staff make your bookings for you?
    What facilities do you have, sink, couch etc
    Do they provide disposables - couch roll, paper towels for hand drying?
    Will they take your clinical waste, sharps etc.?
    Who does the cleaning?

    Secondly, what are your costs?
    You'll need to factor in the cost of instrument preparation (whether disposable or autoclaving) drugs, dressings, couch roll (if they don't provide it) stationary, travelling costs (fuel, car maintenance).
    Now add that all up = A

    How many patients can you realistically and safely treat in an hour? = B

    Divide A by B - now you know how much it will cost you to treat each patient. Factor in a 10% fail-to-attend rate and you'll be getting somewhere near a workable amount. Don't forget the "hidden" costs of running a business, such as accountant's fees, book-keeping, time taken off for CPD.

    I would have a chat with the previous Chiropodist and find out what their fees were and what arrangements they had.

    Remember, the surgery will always be the winners as no matter what happens they will still have the room. You could end up with nothing.

    I agree 100% that you get any deal in writing. See if it is a fixed-term contract or an open-ended one. Do they expect you to pay even if you aren't there (hols etc)?

    If you have done a fair costing and they say it isn't enough, then, personally, I would walk away. The practice manager's job is to maximise income for the practice. Your job is to maximise income for you. Sadly, I think in this instance the two aren't compatible.

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