Hip and Knee Rapid Access Clinics (RAC)

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

In collaboration with the patient, the referral form is completed by the PCP and sent to MSK Central Intake. On the referral form, the PCP 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 RAC located anywhere across the Central East LHIN, depending on wait times (locations below).

Hip and Knee RAC 

Once Central Intake receives the referral, it is processed and sent to the RAC based on the patient’s choice. Hip and Knee RACs are located across the Central East LHIN:



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 Hospital

705-324-6111 ext. 8905

Haliburton Highlands Health Services (satellite RAC)

Assessments conducted via Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN)

See PRHC and RMH contacts


At the RAC, 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 PCP will also be informed of the recommended course of treatment.

Frequently Asked Question

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 MSK Care Initiative, please feel free to contact the Central East LHIN.

  • For questions related to patient scheduling or assessments, please contact the RAC directly. Note, if a referral has been sent to Central Intake, please allow up to several days before the RAC can begin patient scheduling.
  • For questions regarding referral processing and routing, Central Intake is available at 1-800-263-3877 ext. 2828.
  • For any other general questions about the MSK pathway, please contact Benjamin McNamee at 1-866-804-5446 ext. 3201 or Benjamin.McNamee@ontariohealth.ca.