In Alberta, if a family doctor or pediatrician feels that their child or adolescent patient would benefit from a psychiatric consultation, and they are practicing in a remote location and cannot easily refer to a psychiatrist, they can refer to a psychiatrist who will see the child over videoconferencing (telepsychiatry).
This means that you and your child would go to your local hospital or health care centre, and after checking in with admitting or reception will be directed to a videoconference suite. A television screen, a video camera and a microphone are the essentials of a videoconference suite.
HOW TO REFER YOUR CHILD OR ADOLESCENT TO TELEPSYCHIATRY :
- You will need to see your family doctor or peadiatrician for a referral. Please read the attached information sheet to the family for more information.
- Family Physician or pediatrician will fill out and fax the attached referral form.
- The parents/legal guardians will sign the consent form which should be printed and attached to the referral form and sent to CASA with the referral form.