Clinical Dermatology & Cutaneous Science

Triage criteria and referral process for physicians

Dermatology

Emergent
Criteria (not all inclusive)
  • Severe drug eruptions
  • Extensive bullous diseases
  • Severe skin infections
  • Erythrodermas
Process

1) PHONE 902-473-2220 "Dermatologist on Call"
2) FAX details to 902-473-2655

Urgent
Criteria (not all inclusive)
  • Melanomas
  • Severe dermatitis or papulosquamous diseases
  • Progressing undiagnosed skin conditions
Process

1) PHONE 902-473-2220 "Dermatologist on Call"
2) FAX details to 902-473-2655

Semi-Urgent
Criteria (not all inclusive)
  • Stable undiagnosed skin conditions
  • Extensive chronic psoriasis or eczema
Process

1) FAX or MAIL referral
2) Indicate willingness to redirect to community based dermatologist with shortest waitlist.
3) Include skin biopsy and blood work reports if available.

Non-Urgent
Criteria (not all inclusive)
  • Mild chronic psoriasis or eczema
  • Simple acne
  • Nail disorders
  • Reassessment of stable patients for review of current treatment
Process

1) FAX or MAIL referral
2) Indicate willingness to redirect to community based dermatologist with shortest waitlist.
3) Include skin biopsy and blood work reports if available.

Non-Urgent 2
Criteria (not all inclusive)
  • warts
  • seborrheic keratosis
  • vitiligo
  • solar lentigines
  • other cosmetic concerns
Process

1) FAX or MAIL referral
2) Indicate willingness to redirect to community based dermatologist with shortest waitlist.
3) Include skin biopsy and blood work reports if available.

 

Telemedicine

Consult As not all cutaneous lesions can be viewed appropriately via computer, some exclusion criteria apply. For example:
  • A rash that has virtually cleared
  • Moles – request face to face visit if concerned about melanoma
  • Scalp lesions
  • Subcutaneous lesions with no epidermal change
  • Pruritus with no rash present
  • Warts of any type
  • Simple acne

Telemedicine Consultation Request Form

Considerable expenses are incurred to deliver Telemedicine service; it is NOT intended to be used as a primary tool, but rather for problem, complex recurrent or urgent conditions only. An interim report will follow via fax on the day the patient is seen. A full consultation report will follow by mail.

 

Contact information and forms

Fax 902-473-2655
Mailing address Division of Dermatology
QEII Health Sciences Centre
Room 4195 Dickson Bldg
5820 University Avenue
Halifax, NS  B3H 1V7
Dermatologists View list of physicians
Forms Dermatology Telemedicine Consultation Request Form [PDF - 60 kB]