At Mackenzie Health children from birth to 17 years of age can receive a wide range of services and care provided by an expert team of pediatricians, nurses and child life specialists.

Designed with young patients in mind, the spacious, light-filled rooms in the seven-bed Pediatric Inpatient Unit for children from birth to 17 years of age feature single patient occupancy and sleeper sofas for parents to remain by their child’s side 24/7. The latest medical technologies and equipment are safely stored in the wall behind the head of the bed, where they are readily accessible to Mackenzie Health’s skilled team of pediatricians, pediatric nurses and specialists. The Pediatric Inpatient Unit also features electronic monitors and tablets with access to television shows and movies, plus gaming systems to keep patients happier while recovering. You can reach Pediatrics on level 4 at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital or by calling 905-417-2000 ext. 5480.

Current pediatric pressures

Like many hospitals across the province, we are seeing more children coming to our Emergency Departments with respiratory illness and needing to be admitted to our pediatric inpatient unit. To help respond to the current surge, we are doing everything we can, including increasing our capacity to care for our pediatric patients. While our pediatric unit is located at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, our Emergency Departments at both our hospitals are open to care for your child.

To ensure that everyone gets the care they need, hospitals in our region have been working together and have been sharing resources to find the best place for kids to get care. This might mean finding a bed for a patient in a neighbouring hospital with available resources to make sure our pediatric patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. 

We recognize this can be a very stressful time for those with young children who are sick. The following tips can help you assess your child’s condition and determine where best to go for non-emergent care. As always, in an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

When to see your family doctor:

You should visit your family doctor if your child:

  • has had a fever for more than four days
  • is not getting better after one week of experiencing symptoms
  • develops an earache

When to come to the urgent care centre:

Our Urgent Care Centre offers medical attention by experienced emergency doctors and nurses, for patients of all ages with non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that do not require hospitalization or immediate surgery.

Visit the Urgent Care Centre for illnesses or injuries like:

  • sports injuries (including sprains, strains or broken bones)
  • deep cuts
  • minor burns
  • fevers, coughs and colds
  • infections
  • earaches, eye injuries
  • nose and throat complaints
  • insect bites
  • allergies, skin rashes

When to come to the emergency department:

You know your child best. Visit the nearest Emergency Department if your child:

  • is under three months old and has a fever
  • is very irritable or sleepy and doesn't improve with medicine
  • has difficulty breathing
  • shows signs of dehydration (dry mouth, not peeing at least every eight hours)
  • has a headache or sore neck that doesn't go away

When to call health connect Ontario:

Call 811 or 1-866-797-0007 to speak to a registered nurse for free, secure and confidential advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.