Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Clinic
- Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (GHN) Clinic, Black Wing, 4th Floor
- 416-813-7270 ext. 1
About the Clinic
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 cystic fibrosis, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Coming to a clinic appointment
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You’ll find information on how to prepare and what to bring, what to do if you/your child are sick before your appointment or you need to cancel, and important things to know about the SickKids philosophy.