Our 8-bed Paediatric Unit and its team of staff specialize in providing compassionate care to children from 24 hours of age up to their 18 years experiencing a wide range of disease and illness.
The healthcare team on the Paediatric Unit includes: physicians, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapist, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, social worker and other team members. The team work in partnership with the family to co-ordinate their services and provide care. Feel free to ask questions and voice concerns to any of the healthcare team members.
Each room has two beds and has pull-out cots allowing one parent to stay with their child overnight. Due to the high incidence of infectious disease in children, patients requiring isolation will either be in a room on their own or will be with another patient with the same infectious disease.
What to Bring
Children admitted to the Paediatric floor are encouraged to bring the following items:
- Non-slip shoes or slippers
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Brush or Comb
- Other personal items your child will need
- Adequate supply of diapers or pull-up pants, if your child is on IV fluids, diapers tend to need changing more often.
- The hospital does provide for special diets. However if your child requires a specialized diet, you may wish to bring some of their favorite foods or liquids.
- Parents are responsible for any electronic devices that are brought into the hospital from home
- Internet access is not available in the rooms
We make every effort to ensure a positive hospital experience for your child. HHS has received funding from the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada to provide the following:
- Funcentres (DVD and Wii)
- Craft bags
- Distraction toys
The hospital does provide (rental) television sets at your child’s bedside. You are welcome to bring your child’s favorite toy or blanket, but be sure to label these items with your child’s name.
Your child’s Health Care Team will determine when s/he is ready to go home. If needed, you will be given specific instructions to follow once you leave the hospital. You may be given prescriptions for medication and a follow-up appointment time with your doctor. All children must go home with a parent from the Paediatric unit on discharge. The law requires babies and young children who are traveling by car to have an approved safety car seat or booster seat.
RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus. RSV is a very common virus in infancy and early childhood. Almost all children will have been infected with RSV by the age of 2- 3 years. RSV infections tend to happen from Fall to Spring in temperate climates such as Canada.
In many children, RSV causes symptoms similar to the common cold. But in certain cases, most often in premature babies and children with certain lung conditions or congenital heart disease, RSV can cause an infection of the lungs. When this happens, babies can then become very sick and may require hospitalization.
Halton Healthcare operates a RSV clinic to which operates from November to April where a medication called Synagis, which can prevent serious lower respiratory tract infection caused by RSV in babies identified to be at increased risk from RSV. Your baby’s doctor and the healthcare team will determine if your baby requires this medication and will make the appropriate referral to this clinic if your baby would benefit from this medication.
Post Emergency Paediatric Clinic (PEPC)
The Post Emergency Paediatric Clinic provides follow up Paediatric consultation services for children who have been seen in the Emergency Department at either the Oakville, Milton or Georgetown Hospitals. This clinic operates seven days a week (with the exception of statutory holidays) and is by appointment only. Your child may be referred to this clinic following a visit a to the Emergency Department if it is felt that further follow up by a Paediatrician is required.
Trillium Diabetes Clinic
Provides both individual and family counseling for coping with a new diagnosis, ongoing struggles with diabetes management, family discord, mental health concerns and resource planning. This clinic also offer a monthly children, youth and parent support group. In addition, we now offer a Family/Youth Running Group.
To Contact: Clinic patients may ask for the Social Worker, or self-refer at (905) 848-7580 x 3418. The Social Worker is available Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays through the clinic.
If you have questions about your child’s health, The Hospital for Sick Children and the Canadian Paediatric Society have expert parent education information:
Hospital for Sick Children – www.aboutkidshealth.ca
Canadian Paediatric Society – www.caringforkids.cps.ca