Nephrology by Telemedicine

Nephrology is the medical specialty that focuses on the function of the kidneys. A nephrologist is a medical specialist who can help prevent, diagnose and treat kidney disease.

Types of consultations in nephrology

  • Kidney diseases
  • Hypertension

Who do we serve?

  • Patients aged 18 and over

How to access our services?

  • You must have a referral from your family physician or another healthcare professional to book an appointment in nephrology.

Nephrology appointments at HGH are by telemedicine. The Ambulatory Clinics offer several other types of medical consultations with specialists through telemedicine.

About The Program

Before your appointment

  1. Your physician will fax us a request.
  2. We will call you to schedule an appointment. It may take a few weeks or up to several months before we call you, depending on the availability of specialists.

What to bring

  • Valid Health Card
  • Bottles of all your medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, supplements and herbal medicines

When you arrive

  • Please use the Main Entrance and register at one of the self-serve kiosks at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Clerks are available to help with the registration process.
  • Upon registering, take a pager. It will buzz and light up when your turn comes up. Its screen will indicate the room number where to report.
  • Room numbers and other public interest messages are presented on the TV screens in the waiting room.

The telemedicine consultation

The consultation is held in a room equipped with a monitor, a camera and medical devices.

  • A nurse accompanies you and explains the process.
  • When needed, the nurse does a health assessment (weight, blood pressure, etc.) before the consultation. She will send the information to your specialist directly or through Epic, our health information system.
  • During the consultation, you communicate with your specialist via a monitor. You can see and hear each other, and you will have enough time to ask questions.
  • If needed, the nurse will help you understand the physician’s questions and advice. She can also help with translation into French or English.
  • If an examination is required, the nurse handles the medical instruments. For example, the physician may listen to your heartbeat with a special stethoscope. Exam results are transmitted immediately to the physician.
  • The nurse will leave the room if your condition does not require an examination and you prefer to have a private consultation with your specialist. A family member or a loved one may accompany you during the visit, depending on the COVID-19 situation.
  • Due to the technology in use, telemedicine consultations are usually right on time.

Results and follow-ups

  • After the consultation, the specialist sends the results or a report to your family doctor.
  • Results will also be available in your electronic medical record. For information on the creation of an account and how to access your electronic medical record, visit MyChart.
  • If a follow-up with the specialist is required, we will call you to book another appointment.