Visiting a Patient
This section will give you information about the visiting hours and guidelines in place at SickKids.
COVID-19 family and visitor restrictions
SickKids is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Please check our COVID-19 Information Hub often for the latest updates on clinical services, access to the hospital, and how we are keeping our patients, families and staff safe.
For the protection of everyone at SickKids, the easing of family and visitor restrictions is happening at a gradual and cautious pace. As a children’s hospital, there are additional safety factors to consider:
- Many SickKids patients are under 12 and unable to get vaccinated at this time.
- Many SickKids patients may be more vulnerable to infections including COVID-19 and more contagious variants.
- Even if you are fully vaccinated, you can still contract COVID-19, although you have less of a risk of serious illness and being hospitalized. Also, if you are fully vaccinated you can still spread the virus to others.
- Limited space makes it challenging for everyone to stay physically distanced.
- Wearing masks and other pandemic precautions remain important safety measures for everyone at SickKids.
For these reasons, active screening, family and visitor restrictions, masking and distancing remain in effect. Thank you for your cooperation.
Please note our current family and visitor restrictions:
- For patients coming for tests, procedures, clinic appointments and visits to the Emergency Department, one family caregiver may accompany the patient.
- For the Emergency Department, families may designate two caregivers to take turns being with the child, but only one caregiver may be present at any time.
- For inpatient units (patients staying overnight on a unit), families may designate two family caregivers to be with the child at the same time, but only one can be present overnight (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.).
- Siblings and other visitors are not allowed but some exceptions may apply.
Please review our COVID-19 Information Hub for the latest updates to visitor restrictions. Below is our typical approach to visiting at SickKids.
Parents and caregivers are not considered visitors. You are welcome to be with your child at any time of the day or night.
Visiting hours for others are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors need to check in with the unit clerk before going to a patient’s room. Please check with your unit about visiting guidelines, including age requirements for visitors and the number of visitors allowed at a time.
Can I visit if I am sick?
Do not visit the hospital if you are sick or have been sick in the last week.
Family members and children over 12 years of age should check themselves for the following symptoms before they come to SickKids:
- new or unexplained cough
- unexplained shortness of breath
- diarrhea or vomiting
- runny nose/sneezing
Visitors 12 years of age and younger will be checked to make sure they are healthy before being allowed to visit patients.
Is there anything I should not bring to SickKids?
Yes, please do not bring the following because they may be unsafe for our patients:
- latex balloons
- small toys that can be swallowed
- toys that make sparks
- food with nuts
- fresh flowers or plants
Can I take photos or videos?
Please do not take photographs or videos of other patients or their families and please ask permission before taking a photo or video of a staff member.
Do not post photos/videos of staff, other patients or their families on the Internet without consent.
Are assistance dogs allowed in the hospital?
Assistance dogs for people with disabilities are allowed at SickKids. Please make sure they are clean and have up-to-date immunizations.
No smoking on our property
Smoking is not allowed anywhere on SickKids property, including: 1) the outdoor areas around the Elizabeth Street, Gerrard Street and University Avenue entrances; 2) the driveways, steps, paths, gardens, seating areas and front lawn leading to the city-owned sidewalks; 3) the parking garage; and 4) on city property within a 9-metre radius (approximately 30 feet) of any hospital doorway.
To reduce the potential for adverse health effects related to the use of fragrances, please do not wear, use or apply fragrances while at SickKids.