Tertiary care is specialized consultative health care, usually for inpatients and on referral from a primary or secondary health professional, some problems which fall in tertiary care are:
- Head and neck oncology
- Perinatology (high-risk pregnancies)
- Neonatology (high-risk newborn care)
- PET scans
- Organ transplantation
- Trauma surgery
- High-dose chemotherapy for cancer cases
- Growth and puberty disorders
- Neurology and neurosurgery
Following two types of hospitals fall in this category
- a major hospital that usually has a full complement of services including pediatrics, general medicine, various branches of surgery and psychiatry.
- a specialty hospital dedicated to specific sub-specialty care (pediatric centers, Oncology centers, psychiatric hospitals). Patients will often be referred from smaller hospitals to a tertiary hospital for major operations, consultations with sub-specialists and when sophisticated intensive care facilities are required.