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Aim: Improve access to and communication process between North Shore family physicians and orthopedic surgeons
Physician Leads: Dr. Lisa Gaede and Dr. Alan Baggoo
Project Lead: Chisato Ito -

The North Shore GP/ Orthopedics Initiative started in 2013 in collaboration with North Shore orthopedic surgeons and Shared Care to improve access to orthopedic consultations and to improve communications between orthopedic surgeons and family physicians. This resulted in the development and implementation of the Rapid Orthopedic Consultation Clinic (ROCC) and Ortho Advice Line. Since the development of ROCC, we have seen a reduction in wait times from 18 months to 4 months. We continue to support our orthopedic colleagues in improving access, and to support our members in optimizing this invaluable service. 

Based on physician feedback, the working group has updated the ROCC referral form, and created versions that can be embedded in​ EMRs.

Ortho Advice Line

*Temporarily On Hold*

The North Shore Ortho Advice Line is currently not operative due to some changes within the orthopedic surgeon offices. Please call the Orthopedic Surgeon On Call for urgent advice and consider using the Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise (RACE) line for non-urgent advice questions until further notice.

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North Shore Division of Family Practice
220-145 Chadwick Court
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7M 3K1

Phone: 778.945.3017
Fax: 778.730.0630
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