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.

Surgical Journey

  • Step 1: Getting Referred to our Clinic
    • The first step in seeing one of our physicians at the Nanaimo Orthopaedic Centre is to book an appointment to see your family physician and ask them to create a “referral”. Once completed, the referral will be sent to our clinic where we will book an appointment with you. If you do not have a family physician, you can go to a walk-in clinic where they will also be able to create a “referral” (link to the standard referral form), and have it sent to our clinic. During your appointment with your 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 the Nanaimo Orthopaedic Centre to ensure you receive the most appropriate care.
    • “First Available Physician”. As part of your referral, you will be given the option of being seen by our “First Available Physician”. What this means is you will be seen by the physician in our clinic who has the shortest wait time for an appointment.
    • Once we receive your referral, we will book an appointment with you. One of our administrative staff will contact you to confirm an appointment date and time.
  • Step 2: Preparing for your Appointment
    • We know your appointment with one of our physicians is important to you. To make the most of your appointment it is best to be as prepared as possible. This includes having the information we will need from you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to further improve your experience with us at the Nanaimo Orthopaedic Centre. We look forward to meeting you.
    • What to Bring to Your Appointment
    • What to Wear to your Appointment
    • Our Address
    • How Long will your Appointment Be?
  • Step 3: Preparing for your Surgery
    • Reminder of your Upcoming Surgery
    • The Day Before Your Surgery
    • The Morning of Your Surgery
  • Step 4: Your Surgery
    • Arriving at the Hospital
    • Registration
    • Day Surgery Unit
    • Meeting with the Anesthetist
    • Meeting with Surgeon
    • How Long will my Surgery Take?
  • Step 5: Immediately After Surgery
    • Waking up after Surgery
    • Your recovery in the Hospital
    • Going Home After Surgery
  • Step 6: Your Recovery
    • Instructions and Medications
    • Eating after Surgery
    • Your appointment after Surgery