An administrative arrangement enabling PATIENTS to see or be in contact with CARE PROFESSIONALS. The CLINIC OR FACILITY should always relate to an identified SERVICE within an Organisation.

Clinics are mainly Out-Patient Clinics for PATIENTS to receive consultation, tests, assessment, diagnosis, treatment or care without the need to be admitted.

A Day Care Facility is provided for the clinical treatment, assessment and maintenance of function of PATIENTS, in particular, though not exclusively, those who are elderly, mentally ill or have learning difficulties. They may be called Day Hospitals, Centres, Facilities or Units.

A Day Care Facility may be financed, planned and run solely by NHS Organisations or solely by non-NHS Organisations or jointly between NHS and non-NHS Organisations. Jointly run facilities should still be managed by only one Organisation.

The facilities specifically do not have Hospital Beds and function separately from any WARD.

A Day Care Facility is usually open during the five week days. In some places a service may be provided only once or twice a week and the SERVICE may take the form of evening or weekend sessions.


This class is also known by these names: