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Tertiary Care

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.


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