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Gastroenterology (GI) Clinic

About us

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has a fully integrated program in paediatric clinical nutrition, luminal gastroenterology, hepatology and transplantation, making it one of few in North America with total paediatric GI-coverage.

Our ambulatory program has specialty clinics in dysphagia, hepatology, IBD, general gastroenterology and nutrition. We manage patients on home total parenteral nutrition (TPN) and home enterostomy feeding. The clinics are run with multidisciplinary teams, including nurses, clinical nurse specialists, dietitians, social workers and physicians.

Contact us

You can reach us at  416-813-7270 extension 1.

Clinic/registration location

Please register at the Gastroenterology Clinic, located on the 4th floor of the Black Wing. To get to the clinic, use the elevators in front of Shoppers Drug Mart, on the Main Floor by the University Street entrance.

When you register, a SickKids identification (ID) band will be placed on your child. The band must be worn on your child's arm or ankle at all times. Check your child's ID band to make sure the information is correct. If your child is not wearing a band or has the wrong one, it can lead to errors that can result in the wrong care for your child. Staff must always check the band before providing care to your child. Your child must keep the band on at all times while at SickKids.

If you or your child are sick before your appointment

Call the clinic if you or your child have had a cold, cough, diarrhea, fever or rash within two days of your appointment, or have been sick with or exposed to chicken pox in the last three weeks. Your appointment may need to be rescheduled. 

Tell the clerk, nurse or doctor if your child has been in a hospital outside of Canada within the last 12 months. 

If you cannot come to your child’s appointment, it is important that you call the clinic as soon as possible to cancel and reschedule.

Be on time

Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment.

If you are late, you may have to wait for other patients to be seen first. Allow lots of time to get to the hospital. It can take some time to get used to finding your way around and it is important to be on time for your child’s appointment. Staff will try to see your child as close to your appointment time as possible. Please understand that some patients being seen ahead of you may need more time than expected, and this can cause delay for others.

Bring the following

  • You must show valid health-care coverage at every visit. If you do not, you will be required to pay a fee for the visit, unless coverage or insurance can be verified.

Proof of health-care coverage must be valid at the time of visit (not expired).

    • If you live in Ontario, show your child’s valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card.
    • If you live in another province, show your child’s provincial health-care card.
    • If you are a refugee claimant, show your child’s Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) certificate.
    • If you have private health insurance, show the appropriate information or documentation.
    • If you are receiving support from a Community Health Centre (CHC), show a letter from the CHC.
  • Your appointment card or letter
  • Toys, books, nut-free snacks, diapers and formula to keep your child comfortable and occupied in case there is a wait
  • Any medical information, such as referral letters, test results, information about current therapies, X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds or CT scans
  • All medications your child is currently taking (in original packaging), including alternative and complementary treatments
  • Any pressure garments, splints or creams you are using to help manage your child’s burns
  • Any medications required to pre-medicate your child before their dressing change

Important pre-appointment instructions

Please be aware that your child may be required to follow special instructions, such as fasting, eating/drinking certain foods prior to the appointment.  This is due to the additional tests and blood work that may be required for the appointment. All instructions will be communicated with you before the date of your appointment.

Try not to bring other children to the appointment

If other children must come, please consider taking them to the Play Park during your visit. The Play Park is a free, fun and safe place for brothers and sisters of patients to play. It is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. It is located on the Main Floor of the Atrium, next to the parking elevators. All children over 2 ½ years of age are welcome. Trained staff and volunteers will watch your children carefully. You do not need to book in advance to use the Play Park. The Play Park number is 416-813-8884.

Latex allergy

Call the clinic before coming to the hospital if your child or anyone coming with them has a known or suspected allergy to latex.

Accessibility

All visitor entrances on the Main Floor are wheelchair accessible. SickKids has several wheelchair-accessible washrooms on the Main Floor. Both male and female washrooms in the Atrium have large change tables where children and teens can have diapers changed. There is another private wheelchair-accessible washroom with a large change table on the Service Floor of the Black Wing in Room S213, across the hall from Rehabilitation Services. Wheelchairs are available near the Atrium and University Avenue entrances.

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

Interpreter Services

If you need an interpreter, please call the clinic before your appointment so we can arrange for an interpreter. There is no charge for an interpreter. Please give us at least 24 to 48 hours' notice to make it easier for us to find an interpreter for you.

What to expect during your visit

At the front desk you will meet with the registration clerk who will confirm your personal contact and insurance information, check you in for your appointment and ask you to have a seat.  A patient flow coordinator will then call your name and bring you into an exam room in order to determine your height and weight.  After this has been done, the clinic nurse will meet with you in order to “triage” your medications and allergies, check your heart rate and blood pressure if needed, and ask you a few questions.  

The physician will meet you and ask detailed questions about your current problems, past medical history, family history and other pertinent information.  The physician will then confirm your list of medications and allergies, and then perform a complete exam.  Afterwards, the physician will discuss the plan of care, give you written instructions, possibly order tests (such as blood tests, X-rays, GI procedures and motility tests), and either refer you back to your referring physician or set up a follow-up appointment.  You will then be brought back to the registration desk where a staff member will answer any questions, collect any additional information, and schedule any follow-up tests and appointments.

The length of the appointment varies depending on the type of problem.  New visits typically last between 60 and 90 minutes. Return visits are usually shorter. We value your time and try to run on time, but emergencies and unexpected events do cause delays.

More information:

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition