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Anesthesiology added to Specialist LINK

May 1, 2019

CALGARY – Anesthesiology is the latest specialty group to be added to Specialist LINK’s fast-growing tele-advice service for Calgary-area family physicians.

Requesting tele-advice is simple; doctors can either log on to www.specialistlink.ca and click on the anesthesiology button or call 403.910.2551. Physicians can expect to receive a call-back within one hour.

Support is offered in the following areas:

  • Acute and chronic pain*
  • Complications related to pain procedures or analgesic therapy or any questions about the appropriate course of action
  • Perioperative or anesthetic care
  • Postdural puncture headaches
  • Reassurance regarding planned intervention

*Please note: Regarding post-surgical pain and analgesia: If a patient has special needs in planning perioperative care, needle phobia, anxiety/PTSD or a history of addiction, the patient should be referred to the anesthesia consult clinics for review and possible referral to the transitional pain service. Click here for more information.

Anesthesiology is the 17th service added to the Specialist LINK tele-advice line, which has saved the health care system more than $1 million since it was launched in 2014. Physicians can access tele-advice at www.specialistlink.ca 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.

In addition to offering tele-advice, www.specialistlink.ca 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 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 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 www.specialistlink.ca for more details.


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