About The Pediatric Clinic
The Pediatric Clinic is a consultative clinic, accessed by physician referral only.
To access services, a child must:
- Have access to a family or referring doctor, who will support and maintain services during and after Pediatric Clinic involvement ends.
- Be an infant, child, or adolescent, aged 0-18
- Have an up-to-date (valid) Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) coverage
- Fees for service will apply without valid coverage
- Refunds will be provided with provision of an up-to-date health card within 6 months of an appointment
- Have a referring problem within the clinic’s scope of practice.
- Please contact the clinic with specific questions or concerns
- Agree to the Terms and Conditions of accessing the Clinic
- Your attendance at an appointment will be taken as your agreement to all terms outlined
The Pediatric Clinic runs during the day (9-4), typically Monday through Friday. Availability may vary on occasion.
The Pediatric Clinic is not an urgent care facility – if your child(ren) require immediate medical attention, please contact your family doctor or attend your local Emergency Department.
Involvement in the Pediatric Clinic DOES NOT REPLACE the care your child(ren) receive from their primary care practitioner / family doctor.
Access to Pediatric Clinic Staff may be limited / unavailable during periods in which the Pediatrician is off-site. Should you have concerns about your child during this time, please contact your family physician and/or go to your local Emergency Department.
The Pediatric Clinic is a year-round teaching and training site for health professional students and residents at McMaster University. At most visits, your child(ren) may be seen initially by a medical trainee, under close supervision from the Pediatrician. If you do not want your child to be seen by a student or trainee, please contact the office at least one week in advance of your child’s appointment, so that we can make the necessary scheduling changes to accommodate this request on the day of the visit.
– CUSTODY: If the legal custody or medical decisions regarding your child is shared with any other parent, guardian, designated adult, or agency, your attendance at a Pediatric Clinic appointment will be taken as consent from all parties for your child to undergo a medical evaluation, including collection of all pertinent information, testing and referrals relevant to that evaluation, and to receive any recommended medical care or prescribed treatments. Attendance with any relatives or other adults designating responsibility for your child will be regarded as consent from all custodial parents or guardians for your child to undergo full evaluation and treatment.
– FAMILY DOCTOR VS. SPECIALIST: A child may be seen for the problem(s) for which they were referred. Unrelated problem(s) cannot be address at Pediatric Clinic visits. The child must see their family doctor for all primary care (e.g., immunizations, monitor illnesses or conditions, etc.)
– RESPONSIBILITY: The parent/guardian is responsible for scheduling all recommended follow-up appointment, knowing the date/time of all appointments, and cancelling duplicate or unneeded appointments within prescribed time limits.
– APPOINTMENTS: Every effort is made to see each child at the scheduled time, but in some circumstances this may not be possible. Unexpected delays can occur for many reasons. Please be prepared for you and your child(ren) to spend at least TWO hours here at every visit, regardless of the reason for the visit.
For information about the Pediatric Walk In Clinic, please see our page visit: Pediatric Walk In Clinic
- School / Work Letters (e.g., Letter of Diagnosis to school)
- Legal Documentation / Letters
- Tax Forms (e.g., Disability Tax Credit Certificate applications)
- Third Party Agency Reports
- Chart / Documentation Transfer
- Out-of-Office Prescription Refill Requests