What is a Rapid Access Clinic (RAC)?
Rapid Access Clinics are a provincial initiative to ensure that patients get appropriate and faster access to care for musculoskeletal conditions.
At a Rapid Access Clinic an advanced care practitioner e.g. nurse practitioner, physiotherapist or chiropractor, who has had specialized training will assess your musculoskeletal condition and will determine the best care for you.
Regional Hip and Knee Program
Everyone referred for possible hip or knee replacement is assessed by a specially trained nurse or physiotherapist. There are five Hip/Knee RAC’s within the Champlain LHIN: Cornwall Community Hospital, Hôpital Montfort, The Ottawa Hospital (Civic campus), Queensway Carleton Hospital and Pembroke Regional Hospital. You will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
Interprofessional Spine Assessment & Education Clinic (ISAEC) / Low Back Rapid Access Clinic
The Interprofessional Spine Assessment & Education Clinic (ISAEC) – also known as the Low Back Rapid Access Clinic – is for patients with new onset low back and/or back related leg pain (e.g. sciatica) lasting over 6 weeks and less than 12 months.
It provides specialized assessment, education, evidence based treatment recommendations, exercise prescription, medication review, and faster access to more testing or specialized referrals, including surgical consult, as needed.
You will be contacted to schedule an appointment with an advanced practice clinician based in the community, closest to your home address, and if further investigation/s or consultation is required as follow-up, you will also be seen at the Ottawa Hospital: Civic campus.