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Patient Referral

It is very important that you fill in every field in the referral form. If the form is incomplete it may be returned to you so the missing information can be filled in. This can delay your patient’s referral.

 

Referring by Department

If you know which department to refer your patient to, please read the referral guide for that department and then download and complete the department’s referral form. You can refer patients to three departments at Princess Margaret:

For some departments, you can download either a general departmental referral form or a referral form for a specific cancer type.

  • If you know which cancer type you wish to refer your patient to, please download and complete the specific cancer type referral form.
  • If you are unsure of the correct cancer type for your patient, download and complete the general departmental referral form.

Referring by Cancer Type or Clinic

If you know which cancer type to refer your patient to, please complete the cancer type's referral form. Fax the form to the appropriate number after you have completed the form. See list of referral forms by cancer type »

Please note: All leukemia referrals are considered urgent. If you are referring a patient with leukemia, please see the Referral Guide for Medical Oncology and Hematology (PDF) to find a list of physicians you can refer your patient to.

Referring without Department or Cancer Type

If you do not know which department to refer your patient to, contact the New Patient Referral Centre (NPRC) at 416 946 4575.

Urgent Referrals

If your patient needs immediate, urgent care, you must make direct contact with a physician. You can find lists of the physicians in the various departments in each department’s referral guide.See list of referral forms by department »

If you need to make an urgent referral but are unsure which department, and therefore which physician, to refer your patient to, call the new-patient referral coordinator at 416 946 4575. The referral coordinator can direct you to the appropriate department and physician.

Please note: All leukemia referrals are considered urgent. If you are referring a patient with leukemia, please see the Referral Guide for Medical Oncology and Hematology (PDF) to find a list of physicians you can refer your patient to.

Out-of-Province and International Patients

If your patient has a valid Canadian health card that is not from Ontario, he or she will be processed in the same manner as an Ontario patient (see above).

Your patient is considered an international patient if he or she:

  • Is not a resident of Canada
  • Is a Canadian citizen living abroad
  • Lives in Canada but does not have landed immigrant status
  • Does not have Ontario or other Canadian provincial or federal health insurance

Visit the International Patient Program for details on international patient referrals »

Preparing Your Patient for the First Appointment

After you have referred your patient, you will be contacted and given information about the patient’s first appointment. You are responsible for contacting your patients and giving them their appointment dates, times and locations.

For the first appointment, please make sure your patient has:

  • CDs, DVDs or scanned reports of any medical imaging studies that have been performed.
  • A complete and up-to-date list of all medications.
    Please remind your patients that in addition to prescription medications this list must include any over-the-counter medications, vitamin or mineral supplements, and herbal or natural health products such as naturopathic or homeopathic remedies.
  • Any relevant information from the patient’s medical history, including information about heart attacks, strokes, surgeries, allergies, etc.
Last reviewed: 11/20/2014
Last modified: 6/7/2017 8:06 AM