Refer a Patient
How to Refer a Patient
To locate or expedite a referral, please call our Clinical Intake Coordinators at 206-987-2080, option 2.
Updated October 2020
We are accepting new referrals. A referral is not required, but will help us serve your patient better.
We are offering both telehealth and in-person appointments for new and return visits. Wait times for new patients are typically 3 months or less at this time.
We ask that providers submit a referral that is complete. A complete referral helps us schedule an appointment for your patient in a timely manner and match them with the right specialist and clinic location. It ensures a productive and smooth first appointment for your patient. It also helps us assess the needs of our community and plan to have the capacity to meet those needs.
- 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 applicable
- If an interpreter is needed
- Any known barriers to performing a successful telehealth (video) visit with the family
We see patients ages 9 to 17½ for medical care. If your patient is prepubertal and not in need of medical treatment, we offer the family a phone consultation to help with social transition and locating information and support resources in the community.
For patients who are ages 17.5 and older, the Gender Clinic refers these patients to adult care gender providers in our community; in addition to connecting young adult patients with prompt access to care and minimizing the transition of having to switch to an adult care provider when aging out of pediatric care, this helps maintain capacity in pediatric care for patients 17 and under, who have very limited care options.
Submit a referral
- New Appointment Request Form (PDF) (DOC)
- Step-by-Step Guide to Submitting a Referral
- New Patient Referral FAQ
We’re committed to partnering with you
- 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 (Emergency Department Communications Center).
Learn more about managing your patients at Seattle Children’s, including viewing your patient’s records.
What Your Patients Can Expect
- Once we receive your referral, your patient will be in our queue to review and schedule. Initial clinic visits are scheduling 3 to 6 months out.
- Families may call 206-987-2028 to ask to be added to a cancellation list.
- We review openings and the patient referral queue daily.
- As openings become available, we call families to schedule based on provider availability and the patient’s needs.
- See our extensive list of Patient and Family Resources
Resources for Providers
See our comprehensive Education and Resources for Healthcare Professionals.
To suggest additional resources from Seattle Children’s that would be useful to primary care providers, please email us.