Referral Process – RJAC
All patients must be referred to the Regional Joint Assessment Centre (RJAC) by a primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) or another physician. Patients can provide their care provider with the link above or a printed copy of this page. For questions about the referral process, please call: (807) 684-6965 or 1-833-706-9417.
have received a referral, we will contact the patient with appointment details.
Appointments are usually booked within
four weeks of the initial referral.
Information for Health Care Providers
referrals to the Regional Joint Assessment Centre (RJAC) at: 1-844-497-2445
(Please note that
this fax line serves as a centralized intake line for all four RJAC clinics in
Northwestern Ontario. Your patients may choose the most convenient clinic for
them – please indicate in the space provided in the “Preferred Site” box on the
Patients must be
referred by a physician or other primary care provider such as a nurse
practitioner. Referral forms must include the following:
- Medication and medical history. List current medications or attach a medication profile including non-prescription and herbal medications. Please include any relevant medical history (cardiac, renal, etc.) and test results.
- Send X-rays with the patient that have been taken within the last three (3) months and include the following views:
- For knee assessment: Standing AP, lateral and skyline of affected knee
- For hip assessment: Ortho pelvis, AP and shoot-through lateral of affected hip
- Completed referral forms can be faxed to: 1-844-497-2445
- For the shoulder program please include recent X-rays including AP, transcapular lateral and axillary lateral views of affected shoulder. Though further imaging not required for referral, if any other pertinent investigations have been completed please include report.
- We will
contact the patient with the appointment details. All results will be faxed
back to the referring primary care provider.
interprofessional health team assesses the patient and assists the patient in
determining the best personalized treatment plan which may include non-surgical
and surgical choices.
health team includes an orthopaedic surgeon and advanced practice
The goals of this
model of care for total joint assessments:
patients to a specialty service
innovative case management for osteoarthritis
information and education about osteoarthritis, pain management, falls
prevention, safe physical activity, community resources, and related topics
interprofessional team-based care
a care plan for non-surgical candidates as appropriate
Referral Process – ISAEC
Referral to the Inter-Professional Spine Assessment and
Education Clinics (ISAEC) rapid access clinic at the Thunder Bay Regional
Health Sciences Centre is available to those primary care providers who are
registered with the program. As of this writing, the program is moving from
pilot project status. Onboarding of care providers to the ISAEC program is in
the process of transferring to the LHINs.
Referral Forms (for Health Care
For up-to-date information about referrals, please visit:
Referral Process – Spine Program
All patients must be referred to the Spine Program Central Intake by a primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) or another physician. Patients can provide their care provider with the link above or a printed copy of this page. For questions about the referral process, please call: (807) 684-6965 or 1-833-706-9417.