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Clinical Dermatology & Cutaneous Science

Triage criteria and referral process for physicians

Triage category Examples
(not all inclusive)
Process
Emergent
(potentially life threatening conditions)
  • Severe drug eruptions
  • Extensive bullous diseases
  • Severe skin infections
  • Erythrodermas

PHONE 902-473-2220 “Dermatologist on Call”

AND FAX details to 902-473-2655

Urgent
(significant potential for early intervention to save life/prevent hospitalization or functional impairment)
  • Melanomas
  • Severe dermatitis or papulosquamous diseases
  • Progressing undiagnosed skin conditions

PHONE 902-473-2220 "Dermatologist on Call"

AND FAX details to 902-473-2655

Semi-Urgent
  • Stable undiagnosed skin conditions
  • Extensive chronic psoriasis or eczema

Fax or mail referral

  • Indicate willingness to redirect to community based dermatologist with shortest waitlist.
  • Include skin biopsy and blood work reports if available.
Non-Urgent
(stable patients with known skin conditions where rapid deterioration is unlikely, reassessment of stable patients for review of current treatment)
  • Mild chronic psoriasis or eczema
  • Warts
  • Simple acne
  • Nail disorders

Fax or mail referral

  • Indicate willingness to redirect to community based dermatologist with shortest waitlist.
  • Include skin biopsy and blood work reports if available.
Telemedicine Consult

See above for examples. 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

  Dermatology office
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]