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Hip and Knee Rapid Access Clinics

A standard referral form for the hip/knee pathway is available for primary care providers (PCP) below. Referrals must be completed by a primary care provider.​

Central East Hip and Knee Referral Form »


In collaboration with the patient, the referral form is completed by the primary care provider  and sent to Musculoskeletal Central Intake. On the referral form, the primary care provider  indicates the patient’s preference of:

  • Preferred surgeon
  • First available assessment*
  • First available surgeon*
  • Preferred hospital
  • Closest to home
    *If a ‘first available’ option is selected, the patient will be referred to a rapid access clinic located anywhere across the Central East region, depending on wait times (locations below). 

Hip and Knee Rapid access clinics

Once Central Intake receives the referral, it is processed and sent to the rapid access clinic based on the patient’s choice. Hip and Knee rapid access clinics are located across Home and Community Care Support Services Central East:

Hospital ​Telephone
​Scarborough Health Network General site​416-431-8200 ext. 3250
​Scarborough Health Network Centenary site​416-284-8131 ext. 2120
Lakeridge Health Ajax/Pickering site​905-683-2320 ext. 12998
​Lakeridge Health Oshawa site (Taunton Surgical Centre)​905-683-2320 ext. 12998
​Peterborough Regional Health Centre​705-743-2121 ext. 3203
​Ross Memorial Hospital705-324-6111 ext. 8905
Haliburton Highlands Health Services (satellite RAC)
Assessments conducted via Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN)
​See PRHC and RMH contacts


At the rapid access clinic, patients will be assessed by a regulated healthcare professional (Assessor) who has received specialized training with orthopaedic surgeons. The patient will be provided with education and tools to better support their condition, and may be referred to an orthopaedic surgeon.

Surgical Consultation

Patients who are referred for surgical consult will be offered their choice of first available surgeon, preferred surgeon or preferred hospital. The primary care providers will also be informed of the recommended course of treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on what to expect at the appointment with the Assessor and some frequently asked questions Click Here

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Transforming Musculoskeletal Care Initiative, please feel free to contact Home and Community Care Support Services Central East.

  • For questions related to patient scheduling or assessments, please contact the rapid access clinic directly. Note, if a referral has been sent to Central Intake, please allow up to several days before the rapid access clinic can begin patient scheduling.
  • For questions regarding referral processing and routing, Central Intake is available at 1-800-263-3877 ext. 2828.