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Pediatric and Adolescent Type 2 Diabetes Program

Contact Us:

McMaster Children’s Hospital: 905-521-2100

Pediatric and Adolescent Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) Program,
2G Child and Youth Clinic: ext 78513 or 78517

Find Us:

 2G Child and Youth Clinic (beside information desk on main floor of hospital)

Hospital Map:

What Happens When We Arrive?

Underground parking is available.  There is an hourly rate (with a daily maximum) for this.  Remember to keep your parking ticket with you.  You need to pay when you exit the elevators on the parking level.  If you visit often, you can get a half-month or month pass from  the Parking Office. The Parking Office is open 24 hours a day and is located in the underground parking garage, near the main street entrance/exit.   

Getting to McMaster Children’s Hospital:

The hospital is located at 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5.


From Toronto

-          QEW to Highway 403 West (to Hamilton)

-          Exit 403 at Main Street West

-          Turn left onto Main Street West

-          Continue along Main Street West

-          Turn right into the hospital's driveway and follow signs to parking facilities


From Brantford

-          Highway 403 East (to Hamilton)

-          Exit 403 at Aberdeen Avenue

-          Turn left at the lights at Longwood Avenue

-          Turn left onto Main Street West

-          Continue along Main Street West

-          Turn right into the hospital's driveway and follow signs to parking facilities

Parking Information:

Please allow yourself a minimum of 15- 30 minutes to park prior to your visit to the clinic to ensure you are on time for your appointment.

*Peak hours for parking are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from 9:00am – 11:00 am*

 Parking Rates: (please note that method of pay at the pay stations include Mastercard, VISA, or Cash)


Underground Garage:

1/ 2 hour or less


Daily Maximum



Short-Term Emergency Lot:

½ Hour or less


Daily Maximum


When you arrive to the clinic please check in with the Business clerk at the reception desk. The business clerk will let the team know that you have arrived.

Staff will do their best to make sure you are seen at your appointment time.  If you feel you have been waiting a long time please speak with a business clerk at the reception desk. 

Clinic Hours:

9:00 am- 12:00 pm (4th Tuesday of every month)

Changing Your Appointment:

Please contact us as soon as possible, if you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment.


If your child has a communicable disease such as Chicken Pox or has been in contact with someone with Chicken Pox, please call the clinic before you came to the hospital.

Referral Process:

Referrals can be faxed directly to the clinic as noted on the referral form.

Urgent Referrals:

The clinics are not for emergencies. If your child needs to be seen on an urgent basis, please contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency department.

What Should You Bring to the Clinic?

  • Health card- the ministry of health requires us to validate your health card at every clinic visit

  • Relevant documentation, letters, x-rays etc.

  • If scheduled for an exercise assessment, please bring running shoes, shorts, tshirt/ active wear

Conditions We Treat:

What is Diabetes?

-          Diabetes is a life-long condition that affects how your body uses glucose, the main type of sugar in the blood. Your body needs sugar for energy.

-          With diabetes, the sugar from the food you eat and drink stays in your blood instead of going into your cells.

-          There is too much sugar in your blood.

-          The cells don’t have sugar to use as energy. You may feel run down or tired.

What’s going on with Type 2 diabetes?

 How the body uses sugar – without diabetes

The foods you eat are broken down into sugar and other nutrients, which are absorbed into the bloodstream.

Sugar in the blood triggers the pancreas to release a hormone called insulin into the bloodstream.

Insulin acts like a key, opening the door to each cell
so sugar can get in.


The cells use sugar like fuel, for energy.


 What happens with Type 2 diabetes


The foods you eat are broken down into sugar and other nutrients, which are absorbed into the bloodstream.

The pancreas can’t make enough insulin or your cells can’t use the insulin properly.

When insulin isn’t available or working properly, the door to each cell remains closed.

Sugar cannot get in. It stays in the bloodstream.

The cells have no sugar for energy.

The amount of sugar in the blood gets too high.

High blood sugar can cause symptoms and lead to health problems.


What Services Do We Provide:


The ultimate goal of this program is the generation of a detailed assessment encompassing clinical, psychosocial, and metabolic data that can be used to personalize the intervention needed in a particular child based on the main factors driving their diabetes.


Interdisciplinary Team:

Physician: Pediatric Endocrinologist

 Diabetes nurse: The nurse is involved in educating newly diagnosed T2D patients and families, including education about insulin administration and dose adjustment. She also liaises with the physician regarding reported blood glucose levels from patients and provide a go to person for the families to communicate with the team.

Dietitians: The dietitians focus on dietary intake and importantly on eating          behaviors including what is eaten, how much, when, how often, and to try and provide patients and families with meal plans to impact their metabolic control.

 Exercise physiologist: Is involved in testing children’s fitness using ergometer bikes and treadmills. In the clinic, we are also measuring body composition using Bioelectrical impedance to determine how much fat the body has.

 Kinesiologist: based on the results of fitness testing, the Kinesiologist uses the information provided to design an exercise plan specifically tailored to the ability and goals of the individual patient. This involves recommendations about enhanced physical activity within the usual daily routines and the recommendations for more specific exercise routines based on patients’ preferences and include resistance training, stretching, exercise ball, and aerobic activities.

 Social work: Our social worker is involved in providing families with support and resources needed to deal with T2D.

 Child Life Specialist: helps children and families adjust to the diagnosis and cope with diabetes care activities.

Our Philosophy:

 Our philosophy is family- centered care. We strive to provide the best care possible.


To reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes, its complications and co-morbidities in children, and prevent or delay the onset of complications and co-morbidities into adulthood.


Our mission is to deliver evidence-based care in a multidisciplinary setting for pediatric type 2 diabetes patients and their families, and to generate knowledge through the conduct of systematic research to help treat and prevent type 2 diabetes.


-  Any decision made and action taken will be based on serving the needs of the patients and families.


-  To strive to be world leaders in the assimilation and dissemination of evidence based care in pediatric type 2 diabetes


-          To treat patients, families and each other with respect, dignity, honesty, and humanity


-          To encourage cooperation with patients, families and each other to deliver quality care compatible with our vision


-          ‘Be the change we want to see’: Exemplify the conduct we want to see in others when we deal with patients, families and each other.


-          We will be flexible and adaptable so that we can respond to change as needed







Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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