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General Pediatrics

Introduction to the Clinic

The General Pediatric clinics see children, in consultation, with a variety of general health concerns from birth to the day before their eighteenth birthday. The service collaborates with other pediatric sub-specialists to coordinate comprehensive care to children with specialized needs. We do not provide primary care pediatric services.

Contact Us

2G Pediatric Child & Youth Clinic

Phone: 905-521-2100 x. 78517

Fax: 905-521-5056

Find Us

The clinic is located in the 2G Pediatric Clinic. The 2G clinic is located on the main floor of the hospital (2nd floor), beside the information desk in the main lobby.

Hospital Map

What Happens When We Arrive?

When you arrive, please check-in at the reception desk. The Business Clerk will register you in the electronic system so that your team will know that you have arrived.

Clinic Hours:

Monday- Friday 8:30am- 4:30pm

Changing Your Appointment:

If you need to change or cancel an appointment, please give our clinics a minimum of 48 hours notice.

Important

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

Referral Process

The referral process is made through a direct referral from your family doctor. Any referrals may be faxed 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 for your child- the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care requires us to validate your health card at every clinic visit

  • Any relevant test results or assessment reports available from other institutions.

  • Any notes or questions that you may have.

  • List of current medications and allergies.

What Services Do We Provide?

Our clinic provides Outpatient Evaluation/ Assessment of any general pediatric issues.

Interdisciplinary Team:

McMaster Children's Hospital is a "teaching hospital". We provide education for health professionals such as doctors and nurses. This is done under close supervision by a fully trained health professional. Everyone involved in your child's care will introduce him or herself to you and explain his or her role in your child's care.

Registered Nurse:

  • checks your vital signs, height, weight, and reviews your child's medications.

  • please tell the nurse about your health concerns or new symptoms, including questions, prescription renewals, and forms to be signed.

Nurse Practitioner:

  • Nurse Practitioners or NPs are Registered Nurses in the Extended Class who have additional nursing education and experience.

  • NP competencies build and expand upon those of Registered Nurses.

  • NPs have and demonstrate in their practice, the ability to use special legislated authority to diagnose, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications, and perform procedures.

Clinical Clerk:

  • A clinical clerk is a medical student who is in the last or second last year of medical school. When he or she finishes medical school, he or she will be a doctor and start residency.

Senior Pediatric Resident:

  • A resident is a medical doctor who is training to obtain an independent practice license in his or her chosen specialty (for example, Pediatrics, Neurology, or Orthopedics)

  • Your child will be seen and followed by one of our senior pediatric residents.

Pediatric Fellow:

  • A fellow is a doctor who has completed his or her residency (the training required to practice medicine independently) but is doing 1-2 years of even more specialized training.

Staff Pediatrician:

  • A staff doctor is the most experienced doctor on a team

  • He or she has completed all specialized training and is now supervising a team of doctors who are still at various levels of training

Child Life Specialist: A Child Life Specialist provides psychosocial care to children and youth by helping them:

  • understand and prepare for tests and procedures

  • develop strategies to relax and to cope with stress or pain

  • express their emotions

  • follow treatment recommendations

  • develop strategies to manage behaviours

Our Philosophy:

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

Resources:

Canadian Pediatric Society  (CPS)

Caring for Kids - CPS

About Kids Health- Hospital for Sick Children

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics- HealthyChildren.org

McMaster Children’s Hospital Family Resource Centre

Early Words

Contact Hamilton

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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