Child and adolescent services: excellent, family centred care for our youngest patients

From tiny babies, tots to teens, Osler cares for thousands of young patients every year. We know that hospitals can be a scary place for the very young so we work extra hard to make it a good experience for both the patient and family.

children's services

Inpatient Services

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Special Care Nursery (NICU/SCN)

Provides specialized care for babies (32 weeks or more).  Parents are encouraged to help with their baby’s care. Ask about our short-stay (24-48 hours) rooms for parents.


Brampton Civic  
Etobicoke General
  • Paediatric Care Unit

Can we visit the hospital before my child is admitted?

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Yes. There are tours of the hospital provided by volunteers. Arrange to have a tour by calling:
Etobicoke General: 416-494-2120 ext. 33490
Brampton Civic: 905-494-2120 ext. 57975

What do I need to bring for my child? .

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You should bring your child's pajamas, toothbrush, hairbrush, soap, shampoo, diapers (if needed) and slippers. A favourite toy or blanket may help your child feel more at home. Be sure to put your child's name on all his/her belongings to prevent loss. If you plan to stay with your child, bring comfortable clothes to wear plus slippers and toiletries.

What is available for parents who stay over?

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You will be able to sleep beside your child's bed or crib (usually on a cot or sleep chair).

Showers and telephones are available for your use and you can buy food in the cafeteria. There is also a pantry where you can make tea or coffee and heat simple meals in a microwave.

What should I expect while my child is in hospital?

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Your child will be cared for by a paediatric nurse and a paediatrician will visit every day. If you are not there at the time, the nurse can arrange for a phone call you so you can talk about how your child is doing.

A Child Life Worker will organize some playtime and toys for your child – either in your child’s room or in a playroom.

What will my child eat?

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Meals are provided by the hospital and you can choose what your child likes. If your child is on infant formula, tell the nurse and it will be provided. You can bring in special foods that your child may like, but please check with the nurse in case your child is on a special diet.

Who may visit and when?

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  • Parents are encouraged to visit often and stay as long as they can
  • Visiting hours for others is from 2:00pm - 8:00pm daily
  • Siblings may visit with a parent between 2:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Please keep the number of visitors to no more than three at any time
  • To protect your child, no one should visit if they are unwell or have been in contact with a contagious illness

Outpatient services

Neonatal Follow up Clinic

Newborn babies (up to four weeks old) that meet the criteria are followed in this clinic to ensure their proper growth and development.

Microbilirubin follow ups

Babies who are at risk for hyperbilirubinemia are sent to this clinic to check their bilirubin levels.

RSV Clinic

Newborns come to this clinic to receive RSV immunizations monthly. This is to help prevent them from contracting RSV, a serious virus that can effect babies born prematurely.

Diabetes Services

Osler offers many care and education services for children with diabetes.

Sickle Cell Satellite Clinic

Follow up with sickle cell patients in the GTA.  routine checkups and blood work.  The clinic works in partnership with Hospital for Sick Children's Sickle Cell Program.

Chest Clinic

Follow up with children with respiratory issues. 

Nephrology (Kidney) Clinic

Follow up for children with kidney problems, frequent urinary tract infections, etc.

Lifestyle Clinic

Deals with obesity and related issues. Visit page.

Clinic locations and hours:

Brampton Civic Hospital (take SNOW elevators to 3rd floor)
Etobicoke General Hospital

:  8:00am - 8:00pm, except the Microbilirubin Clinic, which is open 10:00am - 2:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays 
Referrals:  physician referral is required.  Fax to 905-494-6594

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