Secondary & Tertiary Care
A patient who has been provided with primary care may be referred to a secondary care professional – a specialist with expertise on the patient’s issue. These are consultant-led services which include psychology, psychiatry and orthopaedics.
Secondary care is usually (but not always) delivered in a hospital/clinic with the initial referral being made by the primary care professional.
Once a patient is hospitalized, they may require highly specialised treatment and care within the hospital. Tertiary care requires professionals, usually surgeons, with specific expertise in a given field, to carry out investigation and treatment for the patient. Examples include neurosurgery, cardiac surgery and cancer management.