Referring Physicians

Referring Physicians

Overall, Northwestern Medicine has a basic philosophy that encourages continual and open communication with referring physicians so that they may remain involved in their patients’ care. If you wish to refer your patient for treatment or procedures at Northwestern Medicine hospitals, you may find order forms for completion below:

Lake Forest Hospital

Physician Access Line (PAL)

The Physician Access Line (PAL) is your resource for referring patients to Northwestern Medicine specialists. A registered nurse is available to answer any clinical questions. Our PAL consultants can also help you:

  • Find the appropriate specialist for your patient
  • Schedule physician appointments
  • Schedule diagnostic procedure appointments
  • Provide information about hospital services
  • Facilitate physician‐to‐physician communication

We’ll follow up by sending all the necessary information to your patient, including appointment confirmation, discount parking information and a map of the campus.

Downtown campus PAL contact

Consultants are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Phone: 855.926.3770.

Western suburbs PAL contact

Please call Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital Physician Referral, Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Phone: 630.933.4234TTY for hearing impaired: 630.933.4833