Our 12-bed Paediatric Unit and its team of staff specialize in providing compassionate care to children 0 - 18 years of age who are suffering from a wide range of disease and illness. During your child's hospital stay you will meet many members of the health care team. Feel free to ask questions or voice concerns to any of the nurses or doctors you interact with.
What to Bring
Children admitted to the Paediatric unit are encouraged to bring the following items:
- Non-slip shoes or slippers
- Brush or comb
- Other personal items your child may need
What Not to Bring.
For safety reasons, do not bring:
Balloons and Latex Products Not Allowed
We make every effort to ensure a positive hospital experience for children by providing access to a large playroom with a great selection of toys and books. We also provide television sets at the bedside, and a DVD and video games that can be brought right to your child's room. You are welcome to bring your child's favourite toy or blanket, but be sure to label these items with your child's name..
One parent is welcome to stay overnight.
Guidelines for parent/guardians staying overnight:
- Only one parent/guardian (must be at least 18 years of age) may stay overnight.
- A cot will be provided when available. If possible, bring your own pillow, sleeping bag and toiletries. Some rooms cannot accommodate a cot; therefore, only a chair may be available.
- Shower facilities are available for parent use. Bring your own towel, soap, etc. Limit the number of personal belongings you bring as your child's bedside table is the only available space for you.
- For sanitary reasons, we ask that all visitors use the visitor washrooms that are clearly signed and located by the entrance of our unit.
Leaving the Unit
To ensure that staff is aware of your child's absence, you will be required to sign a logbook at the nursing station when leaving the unit and again upon your return. Unless your child is signed out for the entire day, it is suggested that any absence from the unit be brief so that you do not miss special investigations, treatments or physician visits.
Your Health Care Team will determine when your child is ready to go home. You will be given specific instructions to follow once you leave the hospital. You may also be given prescriptions for medication and a follow-up appointment time with your doctor.
Only parents or persons having legal custody may take a child home. If someone else is going to pick up your child, we must have written permission and that person must be 16 years of age or older and present a valid photo identification such as a driver's license.
All children must be accompanied from the Paediatric unit upon discharge.
The law requires babies and young children who are traveling by car to be in an approved safety car seat or booster seat.
For additional information, see our Patient Amenities
section of the website.
Helping Your Child Prepare for Surgery—"You're the Star" Program
Southlake Regional Health Centre has developed the "You're the Star" program to help children, ages 4 to 12, and their parents become acquainted with the hospital prior to surgery.
Paediatric Oncology Clinic at Southlake
The Paediatric Oncology Clinic at Southlake is offered through a partnership with the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO). The Clinic aims to provide care closer to home for children who have cancer. Our nurses, paediatricians, and staff work closely with SickKids to provide patients with their established treatment schedule in their own community. In addition, the Clinic relieves patients and their families from the burden of repeated trips to Toronto, or having to live separately while the child is receiving treatment at SickKids.
Southlake's Paediatric Oncology Clinic is part of POGO's Provincial Pediatric Oncology Satellite Program which ensures a high standard of care throughout the province through consistent practice, standards and guidelines, the coordination of care between the satellite site and the tertiary centre, ongoing education, and a coordinated system of consultation for doctors, nurses, and all other health care professionals involved in the delivery of care.
Southlake's Paediatric Oncology Clinic offers a variety of services, including:
- Blood specimen collection
- Blood and blood product transfusions
- Central line/port-a-cath care
- X-ray and ultrasound tests
- Vital signs monitoring
- Human immune globulin and factor transfusions
- Medication administration, such as IV Pentamidine
For more information about the Paediatric Oncology Clinic, call 905-895-4521, ext. 2231.
For information on resources available to you during your hospital visit or stay (e.g. parking, what to bring, discharge times and other helpful information) click on Patient Amenities