Hip & Knee Rapid Access Clinic

To support equitable access to a high quality continuum for musculoskeletal care, the Mississauga Halton LHIN in partnership with Halton Healthcare and Trillium Health Partners operates the Hip & Knee Rapid Access Clinic (RAC) for patients with moderate to severe hip and knee arthritis.

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.

Referral Process

Electronic Referral – Submit & Track referrals through Central Intake eReferral. Register Here

Fax Referrals – 1 (833) 230-6623 – Complete the form in full (note: only completed referrals will be accepted)

Download the Referral Form 

INCLUSION CRITERIAEXCLUSION CRITERIA
Patient MUST Be 18 years of age or olderUrgent Referrals Characterized by: Prior Arthroplasty with peri-prosthetic fracture infection, recurrent dislocation
Moderate to Severe Hip and Knee ArthritisUrgent Referrals Characterized by: An immediate threat to role and independence, potentially requiring hospitalization within 4 weeks

Mandatory Referral Information

  • Patient Information
  • Referring Provider Information
  • Family Physician Information (if different than referring provider)
  • Reason for Referral (indicate which area and side)
  • Diagnosis
  • X-ray report completed within the last 3 months (MRIs are not accepted)
    • Mandatory X-ray views
      • Hip: AP pelvis, AP and Lateral of affected hip
      • Knee: AP weight bearing bilateral knees, lateral of knee flexed at 30º bilateral knees, skyline view bilateral knees, PA standing flexion

Click HERE to review the guidelines to support you in determining the appropriate imaging for hip and knee osteoarthritis

Benefits for Patients

  • 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

Benefits for Primary Care Providers

  • 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

Benefits for Surgeons

  • 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

Rapid Access Clinic Locations 

Halton Healthcare

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital
3001 Hospital Gate
Outpatient Rehab Clinic – 1st Floor North
Oakville, ON L6M 0L8

Phone: 905-845-2571 ext.4008

Trillium Health Partners

190 Sherway Drive, Suite 308
Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N2

Phone: 416-521-4175

Orthopaedic Surgeons in Mississauga Halton

Patient Resources

eReferral Registration