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How to Make a Referral

We accept referrals from physicians and other health care providers.

We provide assessment, diagnosis, counselling and follow-up for individuals who:

  • Have a known or suspected genetic condition (including genetic syndromes, skeletal dysplasias, cardiogenetic disorders, connective tissue disorders, ocular genetic conditions, genetic forms of hearing loss, genetic skin conditions, and neurogenetic conditions)
  • Have single or multiple congenital anomalies
  • Have developmental delay, intellectual disability and/or autism with syndromic features (eg. dysmorphic features, congenital anomalies)
  • Are suspected to have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder or have been exposed to another teratogen during pregnancy
  • Have a personal or family history of a genetic condition (such as cystic fibrosis, hemochromatosis and Huntington’s disease among many others)
  • Have a personal and/or family history of cancer
  • Are of an ethnic origin in which certain inherited disorders may be more common
  • Have had a previous child with a malformation or chromosome abnormality
  • Have a positive screen result for Down syndrome or trisomy 18 in a pregnancy
  • Have abnormal ultrasound findings in a pregnancy

Genetics Referral Form

PDF symbol Please complete a Genetics Referral Form and mail or fax to:

Regional Genetics Program, CHEO
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L1
Fax: 613-738-4822

If your patient is pregnant, please fax the referral along with a report indicating her blood group, or call 613-737-7600 ext 3605.

Important information to include in your referral:

  1. Physician’s full name and phone number.
  2. Physician’s number
  3. Patient’s name, address, and phone number.
  4. Relevant family history (i.e. who is affected, exactly how they are related to the patient).
  5. Appropriate medical records (i.e., pathology reports, test results) of the patient and/or affected relatives.

Please Note:

Services are provided in English and French only. Interpretation services for other languages can be arranged by special request.

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