Facilitated Access to Specialized Treatment (FAST) Program: Centralized Referrals

Alberta Surgical Initiative


Transforming Healthcare, One Referral at a Time

FAST improves the surgical referral and consultation process so providers can quickly submit referrals.

Questions or Comments? Email: abfast@ahs.ca.

Resources: Facts, FAQsReferral Infographic & Alberta Referral Directory

Zone Instructions: North, Edmonton, Central, Calgary, South

FAST is a central access and intake program for surgical referrals.


FAST is available to answer questions Monday to Friday by email and telephone.


Standardized forms and referral pathways were co-designed with primary care providers, surgeons and patients.


Referrals can be distributed to the next available surgical specialist with the shortest wait time.

Getting Started with FAST

For Referring Providers

Resources to help referring providers understand the referral process and submit referrals to FAST.


For Surgeons & Surgical Support Staff

Resources to help specialists and their surgical support staff participate with FAST.


For Patients

Need a surgical referral? Work with your referring provider to choose a next-available surgeon with the shortest wait time, a named provider/clinic/site or an out-of-zone provider.

Specialties Currently Available Through FAST

Other Specialties will join FAST by 2025 with some zonal exceptions

Specialty (Alphabetical Order) North Edmonton Central Calgary South
Cardiac Surgery          
General Surgery
Oral Maxillofacial Surgery          
Orthopedic Surgery
Pediatric Surgery          
Plastic Surgery        
Podiatry (Calgary)          
Thoracic Surgery          
Vascular Surgery

Note: Referral exceptions exist in each Zone. Review the Referral Instructions in each Zone linked above for specific referral criteria.