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Beginning April 1, 2018
The Regional Joint Assessment Program (RJAP) is expanding under the new name - Musculoskeletal Central Intake and Assessment Centre (MSK CIAC).
The health team will assess the patient and assist in determining the best treatment plan. If required, the patient will be referred to an orthopedic surgeon for a consultation.
MSK CIAC will be one point of contact for all assessments for primary hip and knee arthroplasty (joint replacement surgery) referrals in the HNHB LHIN. The HNHB LHIN includes Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Burlington and most of Norfolk county.
A referral for assessment for primary hip or knee arthroplasty can be faxed to MSK CIAC using the MCK CIAC hip and knee referral form. Please note the x-ray requirements on the referral form.
Patients must come to their appointment with a CD or film x-ray of their affected joint taken within the last 6 months. An MRI is not required. The MSK CIAC team needs to see the x-ray images to provide the right diagnosis and a care plan. If the patient images are not available to be reviewed, the appointment may need to be rescheduled.
Hip and knee assessments will take place at Assessment Centres located in Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington and Niagara. Patients will be booked for an assessment at the location closest to their home, or they may choose the first available assessment at any of the locations within the region or at a preferred location.