A new process to centralize urology referrals, as well as non-urgent orthopaedics and spine referrals, will go live in the Calgary Zone next week.

Effective Tuesday, October 11, referrals should be sent to 1-833-627-7023. Please note that the new process does not include oncology or paediatric orthopaedic referrals.

Urology and orthopaedics & spine access pathways posted on specialistlink.ca have been updated to reflect the change. Please note the following:

  • There are no changes to referral forms or letters at this time

  • A 12-week grace period is in place for this change. If referrals are sent directly to the surgeon, specialist or the old central access number after October 11, a note will be faxed back indicating it has been forwarded for review

  • Specify if you want the next available provider with the shortest wait list, or a specific provider, clinic or site

  • Please state if you are requesting an out-of-Zone referral and include the name of a preferred provider or clinic

The new process was developed as part of the Alberta Facilitated Access to Specialized Treatment (FAST) program, which is part of the Alberta Surgical Initiative (ASI).

More information.