The BC IVIg Rheumatology Program provides clinical support and expertise to physicians across the province in clinical management of adult patients (aged 18 and over) with rheumatologic conditions for which IVIg therapy is being considered.

The program includes centralized screening of all IVIg requests for adult Rheumatologic conditions with the aim of providing peer-to-peer consultative support, ongoing patient evaluations, optimized utilization of IVIg use for Rheumatology indications and to improve patient care.

The BC IVIg Rheumatology Program was established in 2008 with physician support provided by a provincial panel of Rheumatologists and coordination support by the BC Provincial Coordinating Office (PBCO).

Rheumatology conditions list

  Rheumatology Consultant

May 2024

Dr. John Kelsall 

604-817-4554 (mobile)

 Rheumatologists are only available Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) excluding statutory holidays.

For support outside of this window, consult your Transfusion Medicine on-call physician.


IVIg Request How-To's for ordering physicians

All IVIg Rheumatology Requests for adults (aged 18 and over) require screening by the provincial rheumatology panel. Please fax the Screening Request, recent clinical notes, labs and/or diagnostic results to PBCO at 604-708-2714. Renewal requests also require the completion of an Outcome Questionnaire. The Screening Request Form and Outcome Questionnaire can be found here

Rheumatology conditions list


Need IVIg approval for other conditions?  
Please contact the hospital Transfusion Medicine Services in your health authority regarding additional IVIG order process and procedures.



Contact PBCO


For more information on this program, the IVIG Rheumatology Program Evaluation Report (February 2012) is available here.