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Visiting SickKids

Visiting a patient

General guidelines

Parents are welcome to come to SickKids at any time of the day or night. If you visit after 8 p.m., please use the Atrium entrance on Elizabeth Street.

Visiting hours for others are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors need to check in with the clerk at your unit’s information desk first. Some units have special guidelines.

Your child can have up to four visitors at one time, including parents (or guardians). This may vary on each unit.

When your child is admitted, the information clerk or the nursing staff on your child's unit will ask you to fill out a Family Identification Badge. For security purposes, always wear the ID badge during your child's stay.

If you are separated or divorced, bring along any legal papers that show who has custody of your child and who can make decisions about your child’s care.

Healthy visitors only!

Do not visit the hospital if you are sick or have been sick in the last week.

Family members and children over 12 years of age should check themselves for the following symptoms before they come to SickKids:

  • fever
  • new or unexplained cough
  • unexplained shortness of breath
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • runny nose/sneezing
  • rash

Visitors 12 years of age and younger will be checked to make sure they are healthy and will be given a "badge of good health" sticker. Children who do not receive a sticker may be asked to come back when they are healthy again.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs for children or parents with disabilities are allowed at SickKids. Please make sure they are clean and have up-to-date immunizations.


Smoking is not allowed on SickKids property, either inside or outside, including the underground parking garage. When outside, please be aware that there is no smoking nine metres, or 27 feet, of the hospital entrances.

Parent Tip! To find a patient, call 416-813-6621.

Parent Tip! To call a patient’s room, dial 416-813-7654 and then enter the extension.