From birth to adulthood is a time of growth and development. Kids need a primary care provider to ensure they are meeting developmental milestone and growing appropriately. Primary care providers use the Rourke Baby Record or the ABCDaire as evidence based health maintenance guides to ensure your child is healthy, growing well, and meeting milestones. In Canada, 60-70% of primary care is provided by family doctors or nurse practitioners, with the rest of primary care being taken care of by pediatricians. Children who are followed by a pediatrician usually have chronic care needs, like asthma or learning difficulties for example. If your child needs a primary care provider, they should sign up for a family doctor.
If your child has a non-urgent issue that requires the expertise of a pediatrician, your primary care provider can consult a pediatrician via the Consultant Services Distribution Centre, or CRDS (Centre de Repartition et Distribution de Services.
The consult will be sent by the CRDS to a pediatrician that has availability near you in a reasonable time frame. If you were seen by a specialist at The Montreal Children’s Hospital who wants your child to be seen by a pediatrician, they will send our team a consult and we will find you a pediatrician close to your home within a reasonable time delay.
The problems that may require a pediatrician include chronic headaches, developmental issues, language delays, recurrent abdominal pain, failure to thrive, gastroesophageal reflux, school and behavioural problems or any pediatric problem for which a physician wants a second opinion or more intensive investigation.
We work with Clinique Ambulatoire Pédiatrique in Montreal North, The Children’s Care Clinic in Pierrefonds and The Lasalle Pediatrics Group at The Lasalle Hospital in Montreal West, Tiny Tots, Bloom Clinic, and The Children’s Clinic in Montreal Centre West, The Notre Dame Hospital Pediatrics Group in Montreal Centre South, and The Maisonneuve Rosemont Hospital Pediatrics Group in Montreal East. We also work with many teams off the island of Montreal.
At The Montreal Children’s Hospital, our group of outpatient pediatricians have extensive experience in dealing with children with medical complexity. If your child is followed by 3 or more subspecialists for more than a year, our Intermediate Complexity Care and Navigation Team (ICCAN) will follow and coordinate the care of your child here at the hospital, empowering families, and their primary care providers, to manage their children’s care plans.