We are located on the 3rd Floor of the Center Tower of the hospital. If using the South entrance elevators, turn left off of the elevator and proceed down a long hallway. We are halfway down the hallway on the right hand side. If using the Center Tower elevators, turn right off of the elevator, then turn left and proceed down a long hallway. We are halfway down the hallway on the left hand side.
Parents and caregivers are important members of the care team. We offer a window bed/bench should you need to lie down or spend the night.
Doctors, residents and medical students rotate on a weekly basis. Depending on how long your child is here, you may meet a few teams during your stay.
Registered nurses and nursing students are an excellent resource if you have any questions.
On-site pharmacists help the team make the best decisions for your child’s medication, from dosing to drug interaction.
A variety of therapists, including respiratory therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists, may be involved in your child’s care.
Dietitians will work with staff to plan meals for your child’s hospital stay, if needed. They can help you with special dietary needs relating to your child’s treatment, religious beliefs,allergies, and personal preferences.
Social workers can help you and your child cope with being in the hospital. You can request a social worker through your nurse or doctor.
Other team members
Your health care team may also include milk preparation staff and spiritual care resources
- Parents/guardians may remain with their child at all times. Visitors of the patient and family may visit between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
- Parents/guardians are encouraged to stay overnight on the bed/ bench next to the window. Siblings are not permitted to stay
- Please check with your nurse for any specific visiting restrictions for your child.
Visitors are not allowed if they have any of the following symptoms:
- A rash, itchy skin, or an infection on the skin or hands
- A cold or runny nose
- A cold sore, or onset of a cold sore
- Recent exposure to someone with chicken pox, measles or the flu
Breastfeeding is an important way to help your child grow strong. If you are experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding, our nurses will offer support and can put you in contact with a Lactation Consultant.
Breast pumps are available throughout the unit and breast pump kits can be purchased from the Birthing Centre.
If expressing/pumping at the hospital:
- Containers and labels for your breast milk are provided
- Label the containers with the date and time of expression
and bring it to the nursing desk for storage instructions
If expressing/pumping at home:
- Freeze the milk immediately and bring it to the hospital
We encourage you to take part in the daily bedside rounds with your child’s medical team. These rounds are a great opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions and ensure that you are involved in the plan of care for your child.
If you are unable to stay with your child, we welcome you to call the unit at any time during the day or night. Please ask to speak to the nurse who is caring for your child by providing your child’s first and last name. (705-523-7100 ext. 4724)
To protect your child’s privacy and confidentiality, we will only give information to parents or legal guardians. Staff will not offer any information to extended family or any friends of the family.
Please speak with your child’s nurse regarding any comments/ concerns you may have during your child’s stay. If your child’s nurse is unable to address your concerns, please speak to the Charge Nurse or the Clinical Manager of the Pediatric Unit at extension 1511.
Please complete the Patient Satisfaction Survey prior to your departure. You can deposit your confidential survey in the white locked box near the main entrance to the unit. Your feedback is always appreciated!
If there is a language barrier, we can arrange for translation services in many different languages. Please let us know how we can help, and we will make the necessary arrangements.
Pediatrics is a locked unit with a “buzzer” system for entry. Guests will be asked to identify themselves and who they will be visiting prior to entering the unit.
All children under the age of four (4) years will wear a security bracelet (“HUGS” tag) around their ankle or wrist. These bracelets will trigger an alarm and lock the unit doors if a child comes close to the exits (where you see yellow caution tape on the floor), or if the strap or tag is tampered with in any way.
Please do not adjust or try to remove the bracelet without first speaking to the nurse caring for your child.
Your child will also be wearing an armband on one wrist. Please make sure that your child’s armband has the correct name and information. Please also feel comfortable to alert staff if you see them starting a procedure or giving medication without first checking your child’s armband, or if the armband has been removed.
Most patients have their release signed the morning or afternoon that they are discharged from HSN. Before you leave, you and your child’s nurse will discuss medications, follow-up appointments, and care to be given at home. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask your nurse at this time.