Urgent Care

If you are experiencing an urgent need for care due to a traumatic injury, please go to the Emergency Department of the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

Orthopaedic surgeons from our clinic are on call at the hospital for emergency orthopaedic needs.

Getting A Referral

To see one of our physicians at Nanaimo Orthopaedics we require a referral. To do this, book an appointment with your family physician. Your family physician will examine you to understand the nature of your health issue and concern. If they feel a referral to Nanaimo Orthopaedics is appropriate, they will complete a referral during your visit and the referral will be sent to us. If you do not have a family physician, go to a walk-in clinic where they can also do the same for you. During your appointment with the family physician, they will ask questions to best understand the nature of your issues and will put this information into your referral. This referral is vital in helping Nanaimo Orthopaedics ensure you are directed to and receive the most appropriate care by one of our physicians.

As part of your referral, you will be given the option of being seen by our “First Available Appropriate Physician”.

What this means is you will be seen by the physician in our clinic who is appropriate for your health issue and has the shortest wait time for an appointment. After we receive your referral, you will be added to our wait list. One of our administrative staff will contact you to confirm your appointment date and time approximately 2-3 weeks prior to your appointment