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Visiting SickKids

Coming for surgery

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What patients and families need to know before coming to SickKids. Visitor and entrance restrictions are in effect.

You may have just been told that your child needs to have surgery, or a procedure or test such as an MRI scan, under general anesthesia.  

Please remember that all of us at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) will be available to guide you through this process and assist you in any way we can, so that you can best support your child. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need in order to reduce your fears and those of your child. 

We suggest you write down any unanswered questions you may have after reviewing this site and contact your surgeon's office directly, or bring them to your next appointment.


If you have any questions about your child's surgery, please contact the surgeon's office directly. If you do not have the surgeon's number, please call the main line to SickKids at (416) 813-1500

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 This pre-operative website is intended for SickKids' patients.  Some of the information presented reflects the practices at SickKids, which may be different from other paediatric health centres. This website provides an additional source of information to our parents and families. It does not replace or override the consultation with an opinion of your health care providers at SickKids.