DERMATOLOGY CHANGES

Seattle Children’s Dermatology will continue to accept new referrals. However, due to the high demand for appointments and long wait times in excess of 6 months, we are making several changes to our Dermatology referral policies to ensure we are able to see patients in a timely manner.

Beginning March 21, 2022:

  • We will only see new patients younger than 16 years old. If your patient is 16 or older, we ask that you refer them to another dermatologist.
  • Dermatology will schedule a patient only if there is an appointment available the day their referral is received. Between 10 and 20 appointments open up each day for 6 months ahead.
  • We will no longer accept referrals for dry skin, keratosis pilaris (chicken skin, bumpy patches of skin), burn, suture removal or psoriatic arthritis.
  • We will not see patients with certain conditions such as acne or atopic dermatitis unless their PCP has already tried first-line treatments.
  • We will close out all referrals in our backlog queue and notify patients/families who are affected and their referring providers. You may re-refer your patients but the wait time will likely be 6+ months.

We apologize for any inconvenience. We made these difficult decisions because our wait times have grown to over 6 months and we want your patients to be able to find care sooner whenever possible, either with their PCP or another dermatologist.

  • To support referring providers, we compiled a list of local dermatologists outside Seattle Children’s who see pediatric patients (seattlechildrens.org/derm).
  • Clinical care resources for PCPs for eczema, acne, rash, warts, and molluscum are located on the Dermatology website (scroll down to Resources for Families and Resources for Providers at the bottom of the page). Many conditions referred to us can be managed in primary care.
  • We have improved our referral process so families referred to us will receive a call from our scheduling team within 3 business days to either schedule them or let them know if no appointments are available and direct them to other resources.

If you feel your patient needs to be seen urgently, or if you would like to discuss the management of one of your patients, please call our Provider-to-Provider Line at 206-987-7777.

To improve capacity in the future, Dermatology is in the process of recruiting and hiring new providers. For additional information about referring to Dermatology, please visit Dermatology Refer a Patient.

UPCOMING CME

Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine (RPM): Building Confidence, Changing Lives. March 30, 2022, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. This will be a Category 2 CME via Webex. It is hosted by Seattle Children’s RPM Program and presented by Drs. Caitlin Smith and Jennifer Ahn. Please RSVP by March 18, 2022, to dawn.riley@seattlechildrens.org. Learn more (PDF).

Learning Objectives

  • Overview of Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine program
  • Classify patients who would benefit from multidisciplinary care
  • Describe the importance of bowel, bladder and reproductive health in this patient population
  • Describe bowel management program for RPM population
  • How we can partner with you to provide the best care possible for patients long-term
  • How to refer a patient