Dermatology

Refer a Patient

How to Refer a Patient

To locate or expedite a referral, please call Clinical Intake Coordinators at 206-987-2080, option 2.

Appointment availability

Updated July 2020

We are accepting new referrals and seeing patients in-person and via telehealth. The current wait time for new patient visits is 4 to 5 months for patients being seen at the hospital or our clinics in Bellevue and Everett and up to 6 months for patients with appointments at our Federal Way clinic.  Telehealth wait times are similar.

Patients with urgent conditions will be seen in a timely manner. Patients with nonurgent acne, warts and molluscum contagiosum can expect the longest waits; please see Resources for Providers below for information about managing these conditions sooner in primary care. 

Referral requirements

A referral is encouraged but not required. Please make sure your referral is as complete as possible. This helps us schedule your patient’s appointment in a timely manner and ensure their first visit is smooth and productive.     

Please include:

  • Service/specialty clinic requested
  • Reason for referral: What is the clinical question for the specialist?
  • If the referral is urgent (see within 4 weeks) or routine (next available)
  • ICD-10 diagnosis – required
  • Visit type:
  • New patient consult, transfer of care, second opinion or return visit/ongoing care
  • ALL relevant clinical documents
    • Clinic notes
    • Medication history
  • Growth charts/curves
  • Lab reports
  • Imaging and diagnostic reports
  • Previous specialty evaluations
  • Patient’s full name, DOB, sex, address, guardian contact information and insurance
  • Referring provider’s name, phone, fax and the referral coordinator’s email address so that we may contact you if additional information is needed
  • Preferred clinic location
  • If an interpreter is needed
  • Any known barriers to performing a successful telehealth (video) visit with this family
  • Skin biopsy results and pertinent culture reports, if available
  • Description of treatments or therapies tried

When sending imaging, please send both the reports and disks. You can upload images using PowerShare (preferred), or you may ask your patient to bring it to their appointment or mail it to us directly at Seattle Children’s Dermatology, PO Box 5371, M/S OC.9.840, Seattle, WA 98145-5005.

Please note:

  • Patients who have not been seen by our department in the last 3 years will need a new referral.
  • We see new patients through age 17. If your patient is 18 or older, we ask that you refer them to a dermatologist for adults.
  • If you are referring your patient for acne, warts or molluscum contagiosum, which have longer waits in our clinic, please review the Resources for Providers section below for information about managing these conditions in primary care.  

Submit a referral

We’re committed to partnering with you

Due to high demand for Dermatology services, if we evaluate your patient and determine they do not have a condition that requires ongoing evaluation and management in a specialty setting, we will return them to you with an appropriate plan of care.

We are creating tools to support referring providers in caring for patients who have conditions that can be evaluated and treated in primary care. See Resources for Providers below.

We are always available to answer questions and support your care of your patients.

  • Diagnosis and treatment options: call 206-987-7777 (Provider-to-Provider Line)
  • Referring or transporting a patient to our Emergency Department or Urgent Care: call 206-987-8899 or toll free 866-987-8899 (ED Communications Center)
  • Questions about scheduling and referrals, including locating or expediting a referral: call 206-987-2080 (Clinical Intake Nurses)

Learn more about managing your patients at Seattle Children's, including viewing your patient’s records.

Meet the Dermatology team.

We see patients at the hospital and our clinics in Bellevue, Everett and Federal Way. See our locations.

What Your Patients Can Expect

  • Once we receive your referral, your patient may call 206-987-2158 to schedule an appointment. Waits are 4 to 5 months, except for our Federal Way clinic, which is closer to 6 months.
  • Families may ask to be added to a cancellation list.

Resources for families  

Resources for Providers

Acne

Eczema

Molluscum Contagiosum: Causes, Treatment and Referral Information (PDF)

Urticaria: Algorithm (PDF)

Warts: Causes, Treatment and Referral Information (PDF)

Additional materials that may be helpful to PCPs can be found above in “Resources for families.”

To suggest additional resources from Seattle Children’s that would be useful to primary care providers, please email physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org.