Accessing the Clinic and Wait Times
How do I access the clinic?
You will require a referral from your Primary Care Clinician, Family Doctor or General Practitioner.
What happens after your referral has been received by the clinic?
Your referral will be reviewed by a member of our team. If your referral is accepted, you will receive a package in the mail detailing next steps. If your referral is not suitable for the clinic, your family doctor will be notified directly
If my referral is accepted, what will happen next?
You will receive a package in the mail detailing what to expect next, including a list of wait times. The clinic will contact you by phone when an appointment is available. Please note, this will likely be several months from the time you were referred. You will then have an assessment at the clinic. The clinic will determine whether a non-surgical or surgical plan is required. If a non-surgical plan is required we will work with you to prepare an arthritis management care plan. If it has been determined that a surgical plan is required we will work with you to begin preparation for surgery.
The Alberta Hip & Knee Clinic works hard to provide accurate wait time estimates. There are a variety of factors that can affect future wait times. Once your referral is accepted, you will receive a letter with a wait time estimate based on current clinic, surgeon and operating room time and current referral volumes. The wait times provided are approximate and can fluctuate.
Past wait time data is available here: https://albertaboneandjoint.com/patients/wait-times/
Step by Step
Get a Referral
Talk to your family doctor and get a referral to our clinic. If they are not sure what to do, they can get information on our for providers page.
Once We Get The Referral
Your referral will be reviewed by a member of our team.
If your referral is accepted, you will receive a package in the mail detailing next steps.
If your referral is not suitable for the clinic, your family doctor will be notified directly.
Your referral is accepted
You will receive a package in the mail detailing what to expect next, including an estimate of wait times.
The clinic will contact you by phone when an appointment is available.
Please note, this will likely be several months from the time you were referred.
Get an assessment at the clinic.
An Orthopaedic Specialist will determine whether a surgical or non-surgical plan is required.
If a non-surgical plan is required, we will work with you to prepare a management care plan.
If it has been determined that a surgical plan is required, we will work with you to begin preparation for surgery.
Preparing for your visit
As you prepare to visit our clinic, here are a few things to keep in mind that will help ensure that you make the most of your appointment:
Preparing in Advance
Complete the Health History Form we mailed to you or download the form here and bring it with you to your appointment.
On the Day of your Appointment
Please allow up to three hours for your first consultation
Please bring the following with you to your first consultation:
- If you are seeing a surgeon, please bring all your medications, vitamins and supplements in their original bottles
- Your Alberta Health Care card
- If your referral is for your knee, bring a pair of shorts
- A translator, if required
- Your completed health history form
There are many patients waiting for an appointment. If you are unable to attend your appointment please call us to cancel or reschedule as soon as possible so we can accommodate another patient. If you miss clinic appointments without notifing us, you may be asked to get a new referral from your family doctor.
Directions and Parking Information
Directions and parking information can be found on our contact page.
How we manage care
What can you expect when you visit the Alberta Hip and Knee Clinic?
The clinic has established a variety of services to meet high demand for specialist care. You may experience any of the below described services.
Consultation with Surgeon
Internal Medicine Consult
Healthy Living Class
2 Week Visit
The Alberta Hip & Knee Clinic is embracing technological advancements in healthcare. We are now using a secure platform called ‘Medeo’ to communicate with you through your care journey. If needed to support your care, you will receive an invitation to join our secure online communication portal. We may use this platform to exchange messages about your appointments, send you forms and paperwork or even arrange video consultations. If you would like to use this medium to communication securely with your team at the clinic, please reach out to us.