Clinical Dermatology & Cutaneous Science

Wait times

Triage category** Standard wait time Average wait time*

Dermatology

Emergent 1 day #N/A
Urgent 7 days 5.7 days
Semi-urgent 1 28 days 21.9 days
Semi-urgent 2 120 days 196.4 days
Routine 1 240 days #N/A
Routine 2 365 days 259.5 days
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Telemedicine

Emergent 1 day #N/A
Urgent 7 days #N/A
Non-Urgent 60 days #N/A
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#N/A - shown if less than six encounters

* Posted August 6, 2021

** Revised August 10, 2021

 

Triage criteria and referral process for physicians

Dermatology

Revised August 10, 2021

Emergent

(Priority 1)
Potentially life threatening conditions.
 
Examples include:
  • Severe drug eruptions
  • Severe skin infection
  • Erythroderma
Process

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

Urgent

(Priority 2)
Significant potential for early intervention to save life/prevent hospitalization or functional impairment.
 
Examples include:
  • Melanomas
  • Immunobullous conditions
Process

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

Semi-urgent 1

(Priority 3)
Stable but significant skin conditions or stable undiagnosed skin conditions.
 
Examples include:
  • Vasculitis
  • Severe dermatitis or papulosquamous diseases
  • Progressive undiagnosed skin conditions
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.

Semi-urgent 2

(Priority 4)

Stable but earlier diagnosis and/or treatment may result in better outcomes.

Examples include:

  • Non melanoma skin cancer (BCC, SCC)
  • Severe acne
  • Alopecia
  • Moderate chronic psoriasis or dermatitis

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.

Routine 1

(Priority 5)
Stable patients with known skin conditions where rapid deterioration is unlikely. Reassessment of stable patients for review of current treatment.
 
Examples include:
  • Mild chronic psoriasis or dermatitis
  • Simple acne
  • Nail disorders
  • Vitiligo
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.

Routine 2

(Priority 6)

Conditions that are not considered clinically significant or where treatment outcomes are not time sensitive.

Examples include:

  • Warts
  • Seborrheic Keratosis
  • Solar Lentigines

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]