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Paediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic

About us

The Paediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic is a specialized service for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who have been exposed to or infected with an infectious disease. It is made up of an experienced team of infectious disease experts and advanced practice nurses, with access to allied health professionals. We provide family-centred, evidence-based care from consultation and testing to highly complex interdisciplinary chronic care treatment management.

Clinics include General Infectious Diseases, Congenital Infectious Diseases, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Tuberculosis and Travel Medicine.

Contact us

If you cannot come to your scheduled clinic appointment or have a question about your appointment, please call the clinic clerk at 416-813-5141. We will try our best to schedule another appointment as soon as possible, based on availability.

Clinic/registration location

Registration takes place in the Infectious Diseases Clinic in Clinic 7 on the Main Floor of the Black Wing. If coming in through the 555 University Avenue entrance, turn right to get to Clinic 7. If coming from the Atrium, walk down Main Street until Shoppers Drug Mart and turn left.  

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 at the hospital at least 30 minutes before your child’s appointment. This will provide you with enough time to park, find the clinic and register your child.

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
  •  Drug insurance card or other drug coverage information

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

The Paediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic is often quite busy, with several different clinics running at the same time. Patient safety is a priority at SickKids and preventing infections is paramount in our clinic. We screen families for communicable illnesses and take precautions as needed to ensure everyone’s safety. We provide hand sanitizer throughout the hospital for you to clean your hands.

We discourage patients and family members from coming to clinic if they are unwell. If you or your child happen to be sick with cough, cold or fever when you are here, please inform the clerk immediately at registration. You will be asked to clean your hands and wear a mask, and try to stay away from other patients and families to prevent possible transmission to others, including your health-care providers. Your health-care providers will be cleaning their hands before they touch your child. If you don’t see them do this, it’s OK to ask them to.  

As one of the teaching hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids trains doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals, so you will meet several different members of the health-care team while in clinic. As a result, this may mean that a clinic visit may take longer to complete.
Please be prepared to be here for the better part of the morning. We suggest that you bring extra diapers, feedings for babies and a favourite toy for your child. During your clinic visit you may be required to travel to other parts of the hospital for additional tests, such as X-rays or blood work. A staff member or volunteer will assist you getting there.  

We look forward to meeting you and your child and working together to make the most of your clinical experience at SickKids.  

More information:

Infectious Diseases