Considerations When Choosing A Family Health Centre

Posted on: 22 July 2022


Family health centre facilities help diagnose and treat health conditions affecting your family. When choosing a family healthcare centre, you must conduct background checks to determine if the centre is the right fit for your family. So, what should you assess? Below is a piece with some insights. 

Staff Experience

Health is an intimate matter for most families. Therefore, you would want to make sure that the people charged with ensuring the good health of your family are highly skilled and experienced. Examine the training, certification and experience of the GPs at the health care centre. Then, check whether the GPs have the support of passionate and highly trained nurses, nutritionists, orthopaedists, physiotherapists, lab technicians and radiographers. It is pretty challenging to examine the qualifications of every member of the medical team. However, reviews from current clients and health blogs will give insights into the experiences you will encounter while at the facility. 

Range Of Services

A family healthcare centre is your one-stop shop for all your family health needs. Therefore, it must offer a wide range of services. For instance, besides diagnosing and treating common illnesses such as the flu and bacterial infections, the centre should be well equipped to diagnose complex conditions such as cancer, sclerosis, osteoporosis and kidney and lung diseases. Besides, the centre should have support units such as a dental clinic, emergency room, theatre, intensive care unit and rehabilitation centre. 

Some family healthcare centres go the extra mile to give patient-centred services. For instance, the centre could deploy medical teams to treat patients incapacitated in their homes. Besides, the centre could integrate telemedicine services to help patients save time and money as they consult their doctors. 

Gender Appropriateness 

Gender appropriateness concerns most people due to cultural and religious beliefs. For instance, it would be inappropriate for one to discuss sexual health matters with a person of the other gender in some cultures. If this is the case, examine whether the centre pulls all stops to ensure the comfort of clients from various cultures. Moreover, check whether the facility accommodates your religious beliefs. For example, you could need a prayer room when admitted to the facility.  

Child Appropriateness

Your kids will regularly visit the facility for check-ups and treatment. Therefore, assess whether the facility takes measures to ensure kids' comfort. For instance, the waiting area could have kids' playing equipment. Some facilities have a dedicated paediatric unit where kids can receive treatment in an age-appropriate environment.