These are clinics set in particular areas staffed with general practitioners, and nurses to serve the health needs of a certain area. These facilities are either government-owned or sponsored or privately owned by organization or individuals. Depending on the capitalization source the facilities services offered are varied and different in this particular centers.
Most often than not these are very busy places with a beehive of activity ranging from serving the locals with family health options and any related health issues arising from day to day living. One would expect a lot of activity in a health center depending on its kind. Some are primary, and that means full government funded providing a range of activities and services to the public.
The smell of medicine
A day at the health center would first and foremost be characterized with the evident smell of medicine which mostly to some people is nauseating and repugnant and to others a sign of hope or rather an inch forward towards gaining total health status depending on the ailment in question.
One would expect to be met with an area of the entrance of a health center known as the reception. They are people trained in etiquette to welcome the patient and direct them to the necessary area where the medical help can be rendered.
One of the things evidently visible is the high level of hygiene observed in this facilities due to the nature of services provided. Any health center that does not observe hygiene might as well not be providing the best services. Most often than not a special department is in place to cater for the cleanliness and maintenance of the same. Standard operating procedures would always require the deployment of sanitizers at every point within the health facility and possibly sinks and basins at strategic points within the health facility.
Referrals are most commonly made to the various offices available depending on a patient’s condition..either one would be referred to a general practitioner or to a specialized doctor. Again depending on the health facility, some might not be equipped with all the drugs needed for each ailment, so again specific referrals may be given as to where one might find this drugs from
A health center would also include emergency services like ambulances in case of conditions of the patient not able to be treated in this facilities, i.e., these services are normally referred to general hospitals that are more qualified to handle search case.For example, where a patient has been brought in due to a bad accident and surgery is required..these services come in handy to save lives of patients by referring them to more equipped hospitals.