Endocrinology & Metabolism

Average wait times

Triage category Standard wait time Average wait time*
Emergent 1 day No data
Urgent 7 days 11.0 days
Semi-Urgent 28 days 41.3 days
Non-Urgent 112 days 110.7 days
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* Posted February 3, 2021

Triage criteria and referral process for physicians

Endocrinology
Emergent
Criteria (not all inclusive)
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state
  • Adrenal crisis or new adrenal insufficiency
  • Severe hypercalcemia (>3.50 mmol/L or symptoms)

Process
1) PHONE 902-473-2220 "Endocrinologist on call"

Urgent
Criteria (not all inclusive)
  • Newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetes
  • Hypercalcemia >3 mmol/L
  • Hypocalcemia < 2 mmol/L albumin-corrected calcium
  • Hypertriglyceridemia > 20 mmol/L
  • Decompensated diabetes insipidus
  • Severe hyperthyroidism
  • Pituitary tumor with visual impairment

Process
1) FAX referral marked URGENT
2) OR PHONE 902-473-2220 "Endocrinologist on call"

Semi-Urgent
Criteria (not all inclusive)
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Severe hypothyroidism
  • Pituitary tumour
  • Diabetes A1C>12
  • Suspected osteoporosis with new hip or vertebral fracture
  • Suspected pheochromocytoma
  • Suspected Cushing’s syndrome
  • Enlarging thyroid nodule/abnormal result on thyroid biopsy

Process
1) FAX referral

Non-Urgent
Criteria (not all inclusive)
  • Any diabetes not at target or with management difficulties (e.g. hypoglycemia)
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Diabetes on insulin pump
  • Transgender
  • Hypercalcemia < 3 mmol/L or hypocalcemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Other non-osteoporosis bone disorders (e.g. Paget’s disease, rickets, osteogenesis imperfecta)
  • PCOS/Hirsutism
  • Thyroid lump
  • Endocrine hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Adrenal adenoma
  • Stable hypoadrenalism
  • Male hypogonadism
  • Morbid obesity

Process
1) FAX referral

 

Contact information

Endocrinology Clinic

Fax 902-473-5912
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