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HIP & KNEE RAPID ACCESS CLINIC

PROGRAM INFORMATION

As part of a provincial initiative, the Mississauga Halton LHIN in partnership with Halton Healthcare and Trillium Health Partners has launched the Hip & Knee Rapid Access Clinics (RAC) for patients with moderate to severe hip and knee arthritis to ensure equitable access to a high quality care continuum for musculoskeletal care.

 

The Rapid Access Clinic provides patients with an assessment by an Advanced Practice Provider within 4 weeks of when the completed referral is received by the Central Intake Program. An Advanced Practice Provider is a Regulated Healthcare Professional such as a Physiotherapist, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or Chiropractor with additional training in orthopaedic care. The Advanced Practice Provider conducts a standardized assessment and based on results, patients will be referred for surgical consult or provided with non-surgical recommendations. Along the care continuum, Primary Care Providers will receive updates on their patient’s journey.

 

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BENEFITS:

PATIENTS

PRIMARY CARE

SURGEONS

  • Timely assessment and consultation
  • Education regarding assessment findings and treatment options
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • Maintenance of patient choice of hospital, surgeon, or next available for surgical candidates
  • One point of contact for referrals (hip, knee, and low back pain) and clear referral criteria
  • Enhanced communication between providers
  • Assistance with conservative management of patients
  • Maintained provider and patient choice
  • Increase in appropriate referrals
  • Necessary information on patient’s clinical history, physical exam findings, and indications of patient’s readiness to proceed with surgery
  • Assistance with supporting patient through education and management options during wait time for surgery

 

For more information on this initiative go to:

MISSISSAUGA HALTON LHIN

MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND LONG-TERM CARE