Patients must register at Admitting before going to the Fracture Clinic. From the Main Entrance, turn right and Admitting will be about almost immediately on your right.
Once registered, turn right outside of the office, and the Fracture Clinic will be on your right across from Robin’s Donuts.
If you ever have questions, you can get directions from one of our friendly volunteers at the Information Desk, across and to the right from the main doors.
Your first and best source of information about your health is your own primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner) or your orthopaedic surgeon. The Fracture Clinic can be reached at (807) 684-6363.
For general questions about the Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807) 684-6000.
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The Fracture Clinic provides patients that have fractures or suspected fractures access to orthopaedic surgeons for assessment, setting and casting, and consultation. It also serves patients who require joint replacement (knee and hip).
Appointments in the Fracture Clinic can only be made by a family doctor, nurse practitioner, a doctor in the Emergency Department, or another doctor such as from a walk-in clinic. Those patients who have had joint replacement surgery will have their follow-up appointments at the Fracture Clinic as well.
The doctor – usually an orthopaedic surgeon – will assess you including reviewing any diagnostic images (X-rays, CT scans, MRI, etc.) to determine whether or not a fracture has occurred and the extent of that break. If you do have a broken bone, you may get a cast from a orthopedic technologist. Some fractures, most notably ribs, cannot be casted. The doctor will go over all information about taking care of your broken bone, taking care of your cast, and other information as needed. Please take this opportunity to ask any of your questions as well at this time.
The doctor will also ask you to book follow-up appointments including an appointment for cast removal. These appointments should be made at the Fracture Clinic reception before your leave the Fracture Clinic. After your cast is removed, the doctor may also discuss possible rehabilitation.
If you are at the Fracture Clinic for a possible knee or hip replacement, the orthopaedic surgeon will discuss options for you during this time, including surgery.
As a result of high patient volume and other unforeseen circumstances, Fracture Clinic patients may experience higher wait times than may be expected.
Contact your primary care provider or go to the Emergency Department if you experience the following symptoms after you have a cast: