Neurogenetics Clinic   at
Alberta Children's Hospital
Connect Care Specialty: Genetics
Connect Care Department: CGY ACH NEUROGENETICS
Estimated time to routine appointment: Within 12 months
Alberta Health Services - Provincial Health Services
SERVICE DESCRIPTION
The neurogenetics clinic provides genetic assessment, screening, diagnosis, counselling and treatment to Albertans across their lifespan who are either at risk to develop or affected with a neurogenetic condition.The consultation service begins with an assessment of a patient's personal and family history for features of a suspected condition.

Genetic counselling is provided to patients to explore applicable inheritance patterns and the benefits, risks, and limitations of genetic testing (if indicated) for both the patient and any at risk relatives.

Examples of neurogenetic conditions include Huntington's disease, myotonic dystrophy, hereditary spastic paraparesis, and ataxia among others.

For more information visit the Clinical & Metabolic Genetics website.
The neurogenetics clinic provides genetic assessment, screening, diagnosis, counselling and treatment to Albertans across their lifespan who are either at risk to develop or affected with a neurogenetic condition.The consultation service begins with an assessment of a patient's personal and family history for features of a suspected condition.

Genetic counselling is provided to patients to explore applicable inheritance patterns and the benefits, risks, and limitations of genetic testing (if indicated) for both the patient and any at risk relatives.

Examples of neurogenetic conditions include Huntington's disease, myotonic dystrophy, hereditary spastic paraparesis, and ataxia among others.

For more information visit the Clinical & Metabolic Genetics website.
ROUTINE REFERRAL PROCESS
Referrals will be triaged and wait listed based on provided medical records and family history.
Referrals will be triaged and wait listed based on provided medical records and family history.
URGENT REFERRAL PROCESS
If a genetic diagnosis is required for patient management.
Patient or close relative pregnancy where a genetic diagnosis provides further genetic risk assessment and possible prenatal diagnosis.
If a genetic diagnosis is required for patient management.
Patient or close relative pregnancy where a genetic diagnosis provides further genetic risk assessment and possible prenatal diagnosis.
EMERGENCY REFERRAL PROCESS
This service does not have an emergency referral process. Direct patients to the nearest Emergency Department if they are experiencing a serious illness or injury. Patients with potentially life threatening conditions should immediately phone 9-1-1.
This service does not have an emergency referral process. Direct patients to the nearest Emergency Department if they are experiencing a serious illness or injury. Patients with potentially life threatening conditions should immediately phone 9-1-1.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
This service is available to individuals who are affected with or at moderate to high risk for neurogenetic conditions. Risk level is determined by genetic risk evaluation of the individual's medical and family history.

Neurogenetic referrals that do not meet Inclusion criteria:
  • Family history of dementia with no confirmed genetic testing of an affected individual
This service is available to individuals who are affected with or at moderate to high risk for neurogenetic conditions. Risk level is determined by genetic risk evaluation of the individual's medical and family history.

Neurogenetic referrals that do not meet Inclusion criteria:
  • Family history of dementia with no confirmed genetic testing of an affected individual
COMMUNICATION PROCESS
 
PHONE
403-955-7373
FAX
403-955-2701
REFERRAL PHONE
403-955-7782
REFERRAL FAX
403-476-8752
REFERRAL FORM
LINKED SPECIALISTS
CLICK + TO VIEW REFERRAL GUIDELINES
Routine Reason for Referral
Access Targets convey the clinically appropriate timeframe patients should be seen within, by reason for referral and priority level.
Access Target
Required Information/Investigations
Investigation Timing
Additional Details
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
All consultation and lab, DI results relevant to the referral
 
At time of referral to support triage

Information on family history relevant to referral
 
At time of referral to support triage.

Huntington's chorea
All consultation and lab, DI results relevant to the referral
 
At time of referral to support triage

Information on family history relevant to referral
 
At time of referral to support triage.

Myotonic dystrophy
All consultation and lab, DI results relevant to the referral
 
At time of referral to support triage

Information on family history relevant to referral
 
At time of referral to support triage.

Spinal muscular atrophy
All consultation and lab, DI results relevant to the referral
 
At time of referral to support triage

Information on family history relevant to referral
 
At time of referral to support triage.
PATIENT APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
 
MISSED APPOINTMENT GUIDELINES
Re-referral required if patient does not attend 2 scheduled appointments.
Re-referral required if patient does not attend 2 scheduled appointments.
 
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
   
 
ADDRESS
Dr. R. Brian Lowry Genetics Clinic
28 Oki Drive NW
Calgary Alberta
T3B 6A8
PATIENT APPOINTMENT INSTRUCTIONS
  • Bring your Alberta health care card and a piece of government issued photo ID.
  • Check in at reception 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • You may bring a family member or significant other during your consultation.
  • Please make sure to have someone with you if you are unable to communicate in English.
  • Bring your Alberta health care card and a piece of government issued photo ID.
  • Check in at reception 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • You may bring a family member or significant other during your consultation.
  • Please make sure to have someone with you if you are unable to communicate in English.
 
DIRECTIONS
Clinic specific location: Dr. R. Brian Lowry Genetics Clinic

Alberta Children's Hospital is located on the corner of 24 Avenue NW and West Campus Drive NW.
Clinic specific location: Dr. R. Brian Lowry Genetics Clinic

Alberta Children's Hospital is located on the corner of 24 Avenue NW and West Campus Drive NW.
 
PHONE
403-955-7373
 
PARKING INSTRUCTIONS
Rates apply 24 hours per day, and are in effect for all public parkers, including those with provincially issued placards for persons with disabilities.
Paystations accept Canadian coins, Canadian bills or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express).
Parking Office and Kiosk accept payment by cash, credit card, debit or cheque.
Rates apply 24 hours per day, and are in effect for all public parkers, including those with provincially issued placards for persons with disabilities.
Paystations accept Canadian coins, Canadian bills or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express).
Parking Office and Kiosk accept payment by cash, credit card, debit or cheque.
 
VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
 
 
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBILITY
Yes

This facility is wheelchair accessible and has an elevator on site


The primary purpose of the All Locations list is to let the user easily access any location of a healthcare service without going back to the main search screen.

The locations listed have 3 background colors:
  • Green means the healthcare service@location has referral information attached to it.
  • Brown means the healthcare service@location never had referral information attached to it, or it has unpublished referral information.
  • Red means
    • IA changed the healthcare service@location's status to something other than Current
    • It was deleted if it is an ARD healthcare service@location.
Green  and Brown are always at the top of the list. These are the Healthcare Service@Locations with the status of Current.
The Red list at the bottom consists of non-current Healthcare Service@locations that once had Published referral information in the ARD.
If the referral information was never published in ARD the Healthcare Service@location will not show in the Red list.

The secondary purpose of the All Locations list is to allow ARD Administrators to recover (copy) referral information from the non-current Healthcare Service@Locations to ones that are current.

Common Scenario:
A Healthcare Service moves from one location to another. In this case the IA Healthcare Service@Location record will be made defunct (non-current) and a new Healthcare Service@Location record will be created with a current status. In this scenario the captured referral guidelines in ARD can become "orphaned" as they are not attached to any current IA healthcare service.

Categories of non-current or orphaned referral guidelines: INDIVIDUAL and COMMON.
The REFERRAL GUIDELINES section of the profile has the prefix INDIVIDUAL or COMMON to help you choose the method below when transferring referral guidelines from a non-current Healthcare Service@Location to a current healthcare service@location.

Individual referral process
  1. Click on a non-current (Red) Healthcare Service@Location at the bottom of the All Locations list.
  2. The non-current referral info is displayed with the link Copy this Referral Process to another Healthcare Service@Location link on the upper right hand corner. Click on the copy link.
  3. Choose a current location (Green or Brown) from the All Locations list. This will be the Healthcare Service@Location you are pasting the referral info into.
  4. The system will display the Edit Referral Info screen populated with the referral info from the non-current Healthcare Service@Location you viewed in the first step.
  5. Click Save and the referral info is transferred from the non-current Healthcare Service@Location to the current one.
  6. Repeat these steps for each Healthcare Service@Location that needs attention.

Common referral process - 2 sub cases.
Case 1: At least 1 current Healthcare Service@Location with common referral info is with current status for this healthcare service; One or more Healthcare Healthcare Service@Locations where replaced by new one.
  1. Click on any current Healthcare Service@Location whether it has referral info (Green) or not (Brown).
  2. The healthcare service location opens in the Edit Referral Info screen populated with the current common referral info.
  3. Save it. 
  4. All locations will be updated with the common referral information, including all the locations that don't have referral info yet (Brown). The non-current referrals (Red) will also be updated.
Case 2:  All Healthcare Healthcare Service@Locations for a healthcare service are set to a non-current status and replaced by new ones. In this case there is no current additional referral info to copy from, so the only alternative is to pick up the non-current common referral process (Red). Follow the steps described in the section Individual Referral Process above to copy/paste the non-current common referral info to the current healthcare service locations.
Generally we want to replicate current common referral info to new or replaced healthcare service locations. We only resort to copying non-current common referral info if there is no other option.

Remember: Some fields can be location specific with the common referral process:
Parking Instructions, Directions, Parking Map, Wait Time, Referral Phone or Referral Fax.
To update these items you have to edit each Healthcare Service@Location separately.

ADDITONAL NOTES:
  • The info icon after the All Locations drop down will be visible to ARD Administrators.
  • The system doesn't allow you to copy referral information from one non-current Healthcare Service@Location to another.

 

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