Seattle Children’s Gastroenterology program is notifying referring providers that patients referred for functional abdominal pain, functional constipation or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are not being scheduled unless they are showing alarm signs or red flags.* They are instead re-directed to their referring provider for care. Patients on GI’s waitlist also are being notified, as are their referring providers.

The decision is intended to provide better access to timely care for those children who most need GI’s specialty care. It is driven by sustained high demand for GI specialty care and the departure in 2019 of several GI team members for other opportunities. GI is actively recruiting new providers and hopes to be able to resume seeing patients for these conditions again in late 2020.

GI has created resources to help PCPs manage functional constipation, abdominal pain and GERD. Please visit the “Resources for Providers” section on GI’s “Refer a Patient” page.

*Patients showing alarm signs or red flags should be referred. Please specify the clinical details and alarm signs/red flags in the referral (for details on what those are, see the algorithms in the “Resources for Providers” section on GI’s Refer a Patient page).