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Digestive Care & Endoscopy

Triage criteria and referral process for physicians

  • Digestive Care & Endoscopy (Gastroenterology; GI)
  • Hepatology / Liver Services

Digestive Care & Endoscopy

Triage category Examples
(not all inclusive)
Process
GI Emergent
  • Acute GI bleed – hemodynamically unstable
  • Hepatology – Encephalopathy
PHONE 902-473-2220
"GI physician on call for HI site"
GI Urgent
  • UGI Bleed, dysphagia
  • Dyspepsia with alarm symptoms
  • Acute jaundice, pancreatitis
  • Rectal bleeding with alarm symptoms
  • Bloody diarrhea, flare in IBD
  • Weight loss
  • Acute hepatitis
  • Possible carcinoma on x-ray
Written requests only
Fax info 902-473-4406
GI Semi-Urgent
  • IBD with chronic problems
  • Recurrent abdominal pain
  • Dyspepsia
  • GERD
  • Chronic elevation of liver tests
Fax or mail referral
GI Non-Urgent
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Chronic diarrhea / constipation
  • IBS
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Barrett’s screening
  • Second opinions
Fax or mail referral

 

Hepatology / Liver Services

Triage category Examples
(not all inclusive)
Process
Hepatology Emergent
  • Acute liver injury with increased INR and billirubin decompensation associated with encephalopathy, bacterial peritonitis, variceal bleeding
Direct the patient to the nearest emergency room. Contact local gastroenterologist or internist as patient will usually need admission.

PHONE 902-473-2220
“GI physician on call for HI site"
Hepatology Urgent
  • Other signs of decompensation including recent onset of ascites, mild encephalopathy or jaundice
Written requests only
Fax info 902-473-2783
Hepatology Semi-Urgent
  • Liver mass, second opinion from other specialist
Fax or mail referral
Hepatology Non-Urgent
  • Chronic liver diseases (e.g. viral hepatitis, autoimmune disease, cholestatic and metabolic liver disease, fatty liver)
Fax or mail referral

 

Contact information and forms

  Digestive Care & Endoscopy
Fax 902-473-4406
902-473-5548 ERCP referrals only
Mailing address Division of Digestive Care & Endoscopy
1276 South Park Street
9th Floor Victoria Bldg, VG Site
Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9
  Hepatology Services
Fax 902-473-2783
Mailing address Hepatology Services
1276 South Park Street
6th Floor Victoria Bldg, VG Site
Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9
   
Gastroenterologists View list of physicians
   
Forms Digestive Care & Endoscopy (Gastroenterology) Referral Form [PDF - 180 kB]

 

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