The North East Hip and Knee Replacement Program (NE HKRP)
The North East Hip and Knee Replacement Program (NE HKRP) is a new program implemented by the five participating hospitals in the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN): Health Sciences North, North Bay Regional Health Centre, Sault Area Hospital, Timmins and District Hospital, and West Parry Sound Health Centre.
Launched in February 2010, the North East Joint Assessment Centre (NEJAC) is providing patients from across the Northeast with a simplified and streamlined approach to regaining control of their joint pain. NEJAC requires a referral from a physician. Within 36 days (varies by Joint Assessment Centre) of receiving the referral, NEJAC staff will contact the patient to set up a consultation with the Advanced Practice Physiotherapist (APP). Acting as a liaison between patients and their health-care provider, the APP will conduct a comprehensive musculoskeletal assessment followed by treatment options that make sense!
If it is determined that surgery is required, patients are given a choice between a preferred surgeon or the next available surgeon thereby reducing the wait time. If the patient is not ready or if surgery is deemed to be unnecessary, a Comprehensive Plan of Care will be established allowing patients and their doctor or nurse practitioner to manage the symptoms.
If you suffer from chronic hip and knee pain, ask your doctor today about the North East Joint Assessment Centre!