Opening a new practice & competition
Hello, I am looking for your opinions on a couple of points please.
I am returning to practice after a short break (18 months on maternity) having sold my Clinic and moved to a different County.
I wish to return to work as self employed. The area that I have moved to already has 3 Chiropody clinics established. Having sold my practice, I decided that I didnt want to set up a new clinic in an area that already has 3 clinics,(They are all sole traders 2 male, 1 female), in a population of about 7000.
However, I think that there is scope for a domiciliary practice. Due to personal safety precautions (lone female) I feel i would prefer NOT to visit single male patients on my own. Instead offering visits to females,mixed couples and families. As I could refer the male patients onto the other chiropodists in the area, is this acceptable, or am I going to come under attack for discrimination?
Another point I am pondering, is writing a letter to the clinics already established in my area, introducing myself and announcing my intent to practice. I feel this is only polite, as they probably wont be best pleased about someone else opening up a new practice (albeit domiciliary only).
Any comments, thoughts would be helpful,