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A building or complex where care and treatment are provided to the sick, aged, infirm and poor. Use narrower term where possible.


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Term Note
ALMSHOUSE A privately funded building providing accommodation for the poor.
AMBULANCE STATION A building where ambulances are housed whilst awaiting emergency calls.
CANTEEN A self-service dining room, especially for workers/employees; also in institutions, such as schools, hospitals, etc.
CARE CENTRE A centre providing emotional and practical support to those living with life-threatening illnesses.
HEALTH CENTRE An institution, sometimes attached to a hospital, where patients may receive treatment or health checks.
HOSPICE An establishment providing care for the terminally ill.
HOSPITAL BLOCK A specialist unit within a hospital complex. It may be a separate building or sometimes linked by a corridor or covered walkway to a main building.
HOSPITAL BUILDING A hospital building of uncertain function. Use more specific type if known.
HYDROPATHIC INSTITUTE A 19th century spa building, usually consisting of a hotel with baths used for water treatment.
INFIRMARY A building where the sick are cared for. Use where part of a wider complex, otherwise use HOSPITAL.
MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP A building or room used for the maintenance of the buildings and facilities in a large complex, such as a hospital, school or factory.
MONASTERY A complex of buildings inhabited by a community of men living in seclusion under religious vows.
MORTUARY A building or room used for holding, viewing or identifying dead bodies prior to burial or cremation.
NURSES HOME A building where nurses live.
PRECEPTORY A manor or estate owned and run by an order of knights and governed by a preceptor.
RELIGIOUS HOUSE Use only for a monastic house of unknown status, religious order and uncertain authenticity, otherwise use specific term. Linked Data resource