Referral Process – Ketamine
Your family doctor or specialist can refer you to the clinic. You may also refer yourself to the clinic. If you do a self-referral, we will require a release of information consent from you to contact your family doctor to access your complete health records.
You may also refer yourself to the clinic, however, we will require contact information for your family doctor so we can access your complete health records to plan treatment for you.
The profound impact of ketamine on the most severe and resistant mood disorders is a testament to its power to reprogram or refresh long established patterns in the nervous system. Because of this, it is crucial to give the treatment only to people who will benefit.
Improper patient selection for ketamine treatment may equally have long term negative consequences. An expert and nuanced review of indications is required, and this can only occur in a medical consultation model.
From a regulatory perspective, Caledon Clinic is accountable to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the medical consultation model is mandatory for treatment.
First, we pre-screen your referral for anesthetic considerations which may require some optimization before receiving treatment. Next, you will have a consultation with the doctor to assess your current mood state and the medicines you are currently using. A detailed history of antidepressant medications (and others) will be required. Having assembled all the data and assessments from the consultation visit the anesthesiologist and our consulting psychiatrist will create a personalized treatment plan for you.
The time from referral to treatment varies depending on factors relating to you or our clinic caseload status. When all the above criteria have been met, the wait time can be as short as two weeks.