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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 www.specialistlink.ca 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 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.

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, 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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