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Centralized New Referrals Launch in Alberta

A new central access and intake program for managing non-urgent referrals called Alberta Facilitated Access to Specialized Treatment (FAST) is rolling out across the province. FAST has launched for the following:

  *   North Zone – Orthopaedics and urology<>
  *   Central Zone – Orthopaedics, urology and cataracts<>
  *   South Zone – Urology (orthopaedics launch Oct. 19)<>

Calgary Zone will launch on Oct. 11 for urology and orthopedics. The existing Edmonton Zone FAST program continues to be the central intake for referrals to general surgery, plastics, ENT/otolaryngology, colposcopy, shoulder, upper limb, hand/wrist and elbow. Edmonton Zone FAST will expand to include all orthopedic referrals on Oct. 31.

A few benefits of the program:

  *   One toll-free fax number for non-urgent urology and orthopedics referrals
  *   When referring, providers can choose:

o    Next available provider with the shortest waitlist

o   A specific provider by name

o   An out-of-Zone referral

  *   Each referral is checked for completeness before being sent to the specialist
  *   A more predictable and timely surgical journey for patients and providers

Referring providers, find out how you can start using FAST. It is as easy as changing a fax number:<>.