Health Centre Classifications


Health Centres in Jamaica are classified as either Type I II III IV or type V

Within the Primary Care structure the island is divided into Health districts on a demographic basis. Each health district is served by a series of interlocking health centres offering different levels of service. The total population to be served in a health district is between 20,000 – 30,000 people. Currently, the primary care programme offers curative and preventive services from five types of health centres in each health district.

# Health Centre Type Description Services Offered
1 I

The population served is not more than 4,000

  • Basic maternal and child health
  • Nutrition
  • Family Planning
  • Immunisation
  • Health education
1 II

This centre is serviced by a visiting Doctor /Nurse Practitioner and serves a population of about 12,000 persons.

  • Family Health (including antenatal, postnatal, child health, nutrition, family planning & immunization)
  • Curative
  •  Dental
  • Environmental health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections - Treatment, Counselling & Contact Investigation
  • Child Guidance
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacy
1 III

Family Health (including antenatal, postnatal, child health, nutrition, family planning & immunization)

  • Curative
  • Dental
  • Environmental health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections - Treatment, Counselling & Contact Investigation
  • Child Guidance
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacy
1 IV

The Type IV Health Centre has all the services of the Type III, however the Type IV Health Centre has the ParisH Administrative Office the same premises. The health programmes for the parish are administered from that office.

  • Curative
  • Dental
  • Environmental health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections - Treatment, Counselling & Contact Investigation
  • Child Guidance
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacy
1 V

The Type V Health Centres are Comprehensive Health Centres with all the facilities of a Type III Health Centre and are located in the urban areas. Services offered are those of the Type III in addition to a specified specialty. Laboratory facilities are also available at the Type V Health Centres.

  • Curative
  • Dental
  • Environmental health
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections - Treatment, Counselling & Contact Investigation
  • Child Guidance
  • Mental Health
  • Pharmacy