Obstetric Internal Medicine set to be added to Specialist LINK

June 3, 2019

CALGARY – Obstetric Internal Medicine is the latest addition to Specialist LINK’s tele-advice service for Calgary-area family physicians.

Starting Monday, June 10, it will become the 18th specialty or group offering non-urgent advice via the fast-growing service. Anesthesiology and urology were also added earlier this year.

Requesting tele-advice is simple; doctors can either log on to and click on the ‘OB INTERNAL MEDICINE’ button or call 403.910.2551. Physicians can expect to receive a call-back within one hour.

Obstetric Internal Medicine tele-advice does not include routine prenatal care, prenatal diagnostic testing or management of diabetes in pregnancy. Questions related to patients with active medical conditions that are currently being followed by a sub-specialist should be directed to that care provider. Physicians should consider requesting Obstetric Internal Medicine tele-advice for patients who have the following conditions during pregnancy:

  • Hypertensive disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Renal disease
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Inflammatory disease

The Specialist LINK tele-advice line has saved the health care system more than $1.2 million since it was launched in 2014. Physicians can access tele-advice at or request the service by phone. Click here to view the phone tree, which acts a quick reference guide to the services available and how to access them. The physician (or team member) requesting advice should leave a direct line or cellphone for the physician seeking a call from an anesthesiology specialist. The physician should also have the patient’s personal health number at hand.

Tele-advice is available in the following areas:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Chronic pain
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Obstetric Internal Medicine
  • Palliative care
  • Pediatrics (Paedlink)
  • Podiatric Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Respirology
  • Rheumatology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery

 In addition to offering tele-advice, is home to 22 pathways and other resources for family physicians. For any technical issues related to Specialist LINK, please call 587.774.9740 or email

About Specialist LINK

Specialist LINK was launched in 2014 as part of a collaboration between Calgary and area Primary Care Networks, specialists and Alberta Health Services. A non-urgent tele-advice line for family physicians is available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for chronic pain), excluding statutory holidays. Call 403-910-2551 or toll-free at 1-844-962-5465. Calls are returned within one hour. Clinical care pathways are also available. Please visit for more details.

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