Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Clinic
- Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (GHN) Clinic, Black Wing, 4th Floor
- 416-813-7270 ext. 1
About the Clinic
The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has a fully integrated program in paediatric clinical nutrition, luminal gastroenterology, hepatology and transplantation, making it one of few in North America with total paediatric GI-coverage.
Our ambulatory program has specialty clinics in cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, pancreatitis, GI motility, EGID (eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease), hepatology, epidermolysis bullosa, TEF, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, IBD, general gastroenterology, liver transplant, GIFT (The Group for the Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment) and nutrition.
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Follow instructions about eating/drinking:
Please be aware that your child may be required to follow special instructions, such as fasting, eating/drinking certain foods prior to the appointment. This is due to the additional tests and blood work that may be required for the appointment. All instructions will be communicated with you before the date of your appointment.
Please register on the Main Floor in the Atrium and then come up to the Gi clinic. You must bring your child’s OHIP card.
To get to the clinic, use the elevators in front of Shoppers Drug Mart, on the Main Floor by the University Street entrance. We are located on the 4th floor Black Wing.
What to Expect During Your Visit
At the front desk you will meet with a patient flow coordinator who will verify your personal information, check you in for your appointment and bring you to an exam room to determine your height and weight.
Multiple Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition clinics run at the same time, each with their own team and patients. Visits to our clinic can take 2 to 3 hours, from the time you arrive to the time you leave. We use a multi-disciplinary approach, meaning your family may see more than one member of the clinical team during the visit; this could be nurse, dietitian or a social worker. Assessments and consultations may take time depending on your child’s medical needs.
The physician or physician in training will meet you and ask detailed questions about your current problems, past medical history, family history and other pertinent information. They will then confirm your list of medications and allergies, and then perform a complete exam. Afterwards, they may order tests, X-rays, GI procedures and motility tests), and either refer you back to your referring physician or set up a follow-up appointment. You will then be brought back to the registration desk where a staff member will answer any questions, collect any additional information, and schedule any follow-up tests and appointments.
We understand hospital visits are often stressful, but please be compassionate and respectful with our staff. There is no excuse for abuse -- aggressive behaviour, disrespect, discrimination, and racism won't be tolerated.
We are doing our best to deliver the highest quality care and in as timely a manner as possible to everyone coming to our clinic. Your patience and understanding are valued and appreciated.
We are a teaching hospital
As one of the teaching hospitals for the University of Toronto, SickKids trains people from around the world to become doctors, nurses and other health-care workers. During your clinic visit, your child may be seen by one of these students. Be assured these students are well supervised by our professional staff.
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SickKids conducts important research to help improve the lives of children. While you are here, we may ask if you or your child would like to take part in one of our research studies. We will explain why we are doing the study and how it will work. Participation in research is voluntary. No matter what your choice, your child will get the same quality of care.
Coming to a clinic appointment
It's important to come prepared and be on time for a clinic appointment. Visit Coming for Clinic Appointments to read appointment guidelines that are applicable for most clinical appointments at SickKids.
You’ll find information on how to prepare and what to bring, what to do if you/your child are sick before your appointment or you need to cancel, and important things to know about the SickKids philosophy.