Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Follow-Up Clinic
- 170 Elizabeth St., Clinic 6D, Atrium, 6th Floor
- 416-813-7654 ext. 206494
About the Clinic
The PICU Follow-Up Clinic assesses children and youth who have received medical care in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Our team is here to support the health and well-being of your child and family throughout recovery from severe illness.
Why is follow-up important after your child’s stay in the PICU?
The PICU Follow-Up Clinic will look at how your child is recovering after their serious illness. We will determine what they might need to get better, both now and in the future.
You will meet with doctors and nurses who are prepared to identify and address any needs related from recovery from critical childhood illness. They can help you and your child identify and overcome any obstacles that arise.
After registering at the main atrium desk take the Atrium elevators to the 6th floor and follow the signs to the 6D clinic waiting area. Check in with reception upon arrival.
Contacting the clinic
Please provide a 72-hour notice if you cannot make your appointment. If you're unable to attend your appointment on the scheduled day, kindly call 416-813-7654 ext. 206494 to inform the team.
To rebook your appointment, please call 416-813-7654 ext. 206494 and leave a voice message. We will return your call within three business days to reschedule.
If you have an urgent medical question or concern, please contact your primary health-care provider or go to the nearest emergency department. Please note that the clinic voicemail box is not monitored regularly.
What to Expect
Follow-up phone call
The Clinical Nurse Specialist will call you once you're at home to:
- identify any immediate concerns, questions or challenges you may be experiencing
- provide information or resources you may need
- Let us know if your child experiences anxiety or sensory challenges or would benefit from child life support during your clinic visit.
- Ask about things that you notice are different about your child.
- Tell us if a virtual visit works better for your child and family's needs.
- Notify us if online forms cannot be completed before clinic.
- Ask questions to understand how PICU follow-up care is helping your child.
Preparing for your appointment
- Complete the pre-visit questionnaires that were sent to you by email.
- Remember to bring your child’s health card with you.
- Bring your child’s glasses, hearing aid, or communication devices.
- Contact the Clinic Coordinator with any questions via myChart.
- Bring a list of your child’s medications.
At the clinic
You will be seen by members of the PICU follow-up team to:
- review any medications and therapies your child is currently receiving
- discuss any medical questions or concerns you have
- explore any impacts on you as caregivers, and on other family members
- complete additional questionnaires based on findings from the visit
- Please expect to spend 1.5–3 hours at the PICU Follow-Up Clinic depending on your child’s needs.
- Two caregivers may attend the clinic.
- Siblings that come to hospital should wait in the WAV PlayPark during the visit.
After your appointment
Your child or family may benefit from further focused assessment or continuing medical, developmental, learning or social support.
The clinic team may give recommendations and referrals to specialists and/or community agencies that can provide ongoing services for the child.
Coming to a clinic appointment
It's important to come prepared and be on time for a clinic appointment. Visit Coming for Clinic Appointments to read appointment guidelines that are applicable for most clinical appointments at SickKids.
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.