Refer a Patient

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How to Refer a Patient

If you are unsure about whether to refer your patient, please call our Clinical Intake Nurses at 206-987-2080, option 1.

Appointment availability

Updated November 2023.

We are accepting new referrals. A referral is required in order to make an appointment. Wait times for new patient visits are typically 2 to 3 months and shorter for more urgent conditions. Some patients can be seen by telemedicine.

Referral requirements

Please submit a referral that is complete. This helps us schedule your patient’s appointment in a timely manner and ensure their first visit is smooth and productive.    

Your patient may not be scheduled until we have received a referral that is complete.

Please include:

  • 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 the family
  • For urinary tract infection (UTI), send urinalysis and urine culture reports demonstrating infections and any documentation of recurrent UTIs.
  • For vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), send voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) study images and report, if completed
  • For kidney stones, send patient/family medical history, urinalysis and stone testing images and reports, if completed
  • For testicular symptoms, send testicular ultrasound images and report to ensure no testicular torsion is present
  • Any ultrasound and radiographic studies

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, you may contact us for a consult via the Provider-to-Provider Line at 206-987-7777 or refer them to a specialist for adults.
  • If you are referring a patient to our Spanish Urology Clinic in Seattle or Bellevue, please indicate so and include Dr. Nicolas Fernandez’s name on your referral.
  • If you are referring your patient for any of the following conditions, please review the algorithms and other primary care provider (PCP) information provided in “Resources for Providers” below to know when to refer your patients to Urology and, when appropriate, how to manage their condition in primary care.
    • Enuresis/incontinence (daytime and nighttime)
    • Hydronephrosis
    • Hypospadias
    • Phimosis
    • Undescended testes
    • UTI
    • Varicocele
    • VUR

Submit a referral

New Appointment Request Form (PDF) (DOC)

Step-by-step guide to submitting a referral

New Patient Referral FAQ

Pease call our Clinical Intake Nurses if you need assistance: 206-987-2080, option 1.

We’re committed to partnering with you

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 primary care with an appropriate plan of care.

We offer tools to support referring providers in caring for patients who have conditions that may be evaluated and treated in primary care.  Learn more in “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 Urology team.

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

What Your Patients Can Expect

  • Families may call us at 206-987-2509 to schedule an appointment once we have their referral.
  • Families may ask to be added to our 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 condition and acuity.

Resources for Providers

To suggest additional resources from Seattle Children’s that would be useful to primary care providers, please email us.