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BC Referrals

*DermCafé is a virtual-only dermatology clinic. If patient is uncomfortable with basic technology (email, webpages), DermCafé is NOT the right service for them.

*Patient should expect an email with Booking Instructions from

*Please do not fax photos. Black-and-white blurry faxed photos provide no meaningful addition to the Dermatologist's assessment.

DermCafé CANNOT safely provide virtual care for:

  • Inadequately captured on photo:

    • Mole/skin cancer concerns 

    • Mucosal lesions

    • Ano-genital lesions

    • Alopecia

    • Lesions on the scalp

    • Full or regional skin exams

    • Severe eczema or psoriasis

    • Large/widespread congenital lesions, congenital melanocytic nevi, facial port wine stains

    • Complicated hemangiomas or requiring systemic treatment

  • Requires in-person care from the onset:

    • Undifferentiated/widespread/complex rashes

    • Wounds: we recommend referral to the Vascular Surgery team here

    • Procedural care (e.g. skin cancer surgeries)

  • Prescription for controlled substances

  • Medical emergencies

Consider sending a DermCafé Physician-to-Dermatologist eConsult (1 business day turnaround time guaranteed) for complex dermatoses.

Please note: should our scope of care be ignored and/or your reason for referral be misrepresented, we reserve the right to permanently reject any and all future referrals from you. 

Thank you to all the well-intentioned clinics working to provide excellent patient care!

DermCafé CAN safely provide virtual care for:

  • Acne and acne scarring

  • Rosacea

  • Melasma

  • Photoaging

  • Periorificial dermatitis

  • Seborrheic dermatitis

  • Keratosis Pilaris

  • Infantile hemangiomas

  • Localized Eczema (e.g. hand eczema)

  • Localized Psoriasis

  • Localized Contact dermatitis

  • Hemangiomas for topical treatment

Please note: children under 18 are not required to attend video call appointment if parent is present as long as high quality photos are submitted. However the child is old enough to participate, they are encouraged to attend!

How does this work?   -  Just like any other Referral in BC

  • This form is for Doctors to refer their patients for MSP-covered virtual visits with our Dermatologists. 

  • Patients require an email account & electronic device to access our services.

  • All information is submitted and stored securely on our PIPEDA-compliant platform.

  • Referred Patients are ONLY seen by our Board-Certified Dermatologists: view their Profiles here

  • We can return the Consult Letter to either a fax # or secure email.

What happens if my patient ends up requiring in-person care?

  • DermCafé is a Digital-Only Dermatology clinic. Cases inappropriate for virtual care will be redirected back to the referring physician to refer to an in-person Dermatologist

Questions? Chat box (bottom right) or

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