Community-based outpatient clinics that provide comprehensive primary health care by a team of health professionals with services that include physical examinations, immunizations, family planning, nutrition assistance, health education and promotion, rehabilitation, and the diagnosis and treatment of common ailments reflecting the needs of the targeted community or neighbourhood. Many health centres provide accessible care in northern and rural communities, in communities where many people have a high risk of ill health or to individuals and families with significant access issues, such as members of ethnocultural communities, refugees or people who are homeless.
Departments within hospitals or freestanding clinics operated by hospitals or hospital systems that are designed for the diagnosis and treatment of people with health problems who do not currently require a bed or admission for overnight care. Outpatient departments offer a wide range of treatment services, diagnostic tests and minor surgical procedures.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.