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Radiation oncology joins Specialist LINK

October 1, 2020

CALGARY – Radiation oncology is the latest tele-advice option available to Calgary and area family doctors via Specialist LINK.

The service, which is available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., connects specialists with family doctors in real time. Requesting tele-advice is simple; doctors or their team members can visit specialistlink.ca and click on the relevant button (in this case Oncology), or call 403-910-2551 (and press 7-2, respectively). Physicians can expect to receive a call-back within one hour.

In addition to radiation oncology joining Specialist LINK, four medical oncology sub-specialty lines that were previously available as separate services have been consolidated into one, single medical oncology service (press 7-1 if requesting by phone). Plastic surgery has been discontinued.

Radiation oncology tele-advice is available for physicians who would like to speak to a specialist about issues related to radiation therapy, such as side effects. It is not for a diagnosis for suspected cancer, or for any urgent treatment issues.

There are currently 45 tele-advice services available to Calgary and area family doctors via Specialist LINK. Please review our tele-advice user guide for more details about each service, all of which can be requested online at specialistlink.ca or via phone. The physician (or team member) requesting advice should always leave a direct line or cellphone for the physician seeking a call. The physician should also have the patient’s personal health number at hand and their PRAC ID. Physicians who choose to request tele-advice service by phone can click here to view the phone tree, which acts a quick reference guide to the services available and how to access them.

In addition to offering tele-advice, specialistlink.ca is home to 34 pathways and other resources for family physicians. For any technical issues related to Specialist LINK, please email specialistlink@cfpcn.ca.

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 selected services), excluding statutory holidays. Tele-advice can be requested at specialistlink.ca or by calling 403-910-2551 or toll-free at 1-844-962-5465. Requests are returned within one hour. Clinical care pathways are also available. Please visit specialistlink.ca for more details.


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