How do I request a medical consultation
Please ask your regular healthcare provider for a referral to the Ottawa Derm Centre. If you do not have a family physician, you may request a referral from any physician or nurse practitioner involved in your care.
Do I need a referral from a doctor to request a medical consultation?
Yes. Please ask your regular healthcare provider for a referral to the Ottawa Derm Centre. If you do not have a family physician, you may request a referral from any physician or nurse practitioner involved in your care.
Can I go to a walk-in clinic to attain a medical referral?
Walk-in physicians may provide a referral at their discretion.
Are referrals accepted by fax or email?
Yes. Referrals are accepted by fax to 613.369.8354 or email to appointments@ottawadermcentre.com.
Does OHIP cover medical dermatology procedures?
Yes. OHIP covers medically indicated procedures as determined by a physician. For medical dermatology conditions, please ask your healthcare provider for a referral to the Ottawa Derm Centre.
Does OHIP cover cosmetic dermatology procedures?
No. Cosmetic procedures including injectables or treatment of common benign lesions are not covered by OHIP, and therefore do not require a referral. A consultation with our healthcare team can be requested here on our website using the “Request a Consultation” tab. Alternatively, you can reach us by phone at 613.369.8354 or by email at appointments@ottawadermcentre.com. A consultation fee will apply.
HOW DO I BOOK A COSMETIC ASSESSMENT, PROCEDURE, OR TREATMENT?
All cosmetic treatments and procedures require an initial assessment. Cosmetic consultations can be scheduled by phone at 613.369.8354, by email at appointments@ottawadermcentre.com, or by completing the “Request a Consultation” tab found at the bottom of this webpage.
HOW MUCH DOES A COSMETIC CONSULTATION COST?
In order to provide a thorough dermatologic assessment, which can take up to 45 minutes, a $100 fee will apply to cosmetic consultations, as these concerns are not covered under OHIP. During your consultation, our healthcare team will ask you a series of questions to learn about your skin concerns and objectives. We will conduct a thorough skin assessment and recommend a treatment plan that will target your immediate needs while protecting your skin long-term. Given the time and resources required to complete this type of assessment and discuss appropriate treatment options, we do not apply this fee to future treatments.
CAN A SKIN ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT BE DONE ON THE SAME DAY?
Assessments and treatments can sometimes be scheduled for the same day. Please advise our reception if you wish to perform treatment on the same day as your assessment to determine feasibility, allow adequate appointment time and reservation of proper equipment as well as provision of preparatory and post-care instructions.
I HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED TO HAVE A BIOPSY, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Biopsies are commonly performed in dermatology, as many conditions closely resemble one another. Looking at cell types and patterns under the microscope helps make an accurate diagnosis. Recommendation of a biopsy does not mean a lesion or rash is worrisome.

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