Like all hospitals across the country, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and taking precautions to ensure the safety for all clients, families, staff, volunteers, and students as the situation progresses.
Clients and families coming to Holland Bloorview can expect some changes to the delivery of our programs and services, participation in research, as well as their experience when visiting the hospital. All precautions and measures implemented by the hospital have been put into place to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.
Have questions? Contact the HB Info Line
Call or text the HB Info Line for information about:
- Clinical, recreation and other programs and services
- Referrals and eligibility criteria, fees (if applicable), start dates and other program details
- Funding options available to support your child or loved one’s needs
- Supports available to you during COVID-19
- General details about visiting the hospital
The phone line is operated from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can also text, leave a voicemail or email email@example.com at any point. A hospital staff member will respond back within one business day.
If you have a concern about your child’s health, please get in touch with your clinical team or primary care physician. If your matter is urgent, please visit the nearest emergency department.
What does the province-wide lockdown and stay-at-home order mean for Holland Bloorview?
We will continue to provide inpatient and outpatient clinical care as we have been for several months—care that is critical to the clients we serve. We will also continue to operate our COVID-19 testing service.
With COVID-19 cases growing in the community, should Holland Bloorview be doing more to restrict movement of staff and clients to and from the community?
Although the number of COVID-19 cases in the community is growing, we are confident that Holland Bloorview remains a very safe place for our staff, clients and families, researchers, students and volunteers. With the number of measures in place, such as daily screening, masking, promotion of physical distancing between people and workspaces, Plexiglas barriers, reduced staff on-site and enhanced cleaning measures, we are working to minimize potential exposure to the virus.
In addition, our outpatient clients are pre-screened before their appointment and screened again when they come onsite. Our inpatient clients that go on weekend passes are pre-screened before returning to the hospital as are their caregivers. They are screened again when they come back on site and monitored for symptoms every day during their admission. We ask clients and their caregivers to report any symptoms immediately so we can take appropriate action.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have evolved our approach to health and safety based on the latest guidelines from public health authorities and are evaluating risk from a pediatric rehabilitation perspective. The process to evaluate guidelines is ongoing as new and evolving guidance comes from public health on a regular basis. We examine new information and guidance daily with an eye towards anything that we can proactively take action on. For example, we continue to have ample supplies of all categories of PPE.
It is important to remember that we provide essential care services to kids and youth, and any disruption of our services has significant impact on the health and well-being of children. The kids we serve are among the most vulnerable in the province – they and their families need us.
All hospital visitors, including clients and family caregivers, are required to answer screening questions before entering the building. Some may be re-directed if exhibiting symptoms of illness, have travelled outside of Canada, or have been exposed to a person COVID-19 positive or pending COVID-19 test results. All inpatient family caregivers are subject to daily screening.
An online COVID-19 self-screening form is now available for all clients, caregivers, research participants and visitors to complete within 24 hours of coming on-site, which will help ensure a speedy entry and prevent unnecessary travel to the hospital, should screening requirements not be met.
Please allow extra time during your visit for screening upon arrival.
Consistent with guidelines released to hospitals across Ontario, Holland Bloorview has implemented a masking policy to further protect our community from potential exposure to COVID-19.
Individuals required to wear a mask while onsite include:
- All staff and family caregivers, when unable to maintain 2 metres (6 feet) of physical distancing in common areas;
- Children over the age of 6 year are required to wear a mask if they can safely do so; and
- Family caregivers when onsite for an outpatient appointment or participating in a research study.
To help keep everyone in our community safe, medical masks (or procedural masks) are now required to be worn by everyone at Holland Bloorview, unless there is a medical reason and age restriction. Medical masks are available for distribution after successfully completing screening.
Accommodations can be made for those who cannot wear masks for medical reasons.
In addition to masking, staff members may be required to wear enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE), such as goggles, gowns or face masks, depending on the type of care provided to clients. They are also washing their hands often and cleaning shared equipment between uses.
We recognize that this may change may have an impact on your child’s experience. The best way to prepare your child is to discuss these changes before coming to the hospital.
Holland Bloorview has implemented physical distancing requirements around the hospital, asking everyone to maintain 2 metres (6 feet) of distance when possible. Some exceptions do apply, including when providing direct client care that requires staff to be in closer proximity to clients. Additional PPE is provided to staff (i.e. masks, visors) in these scenarios to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of our clients and families.
Disinfecting high-touch surfaces
We have put in place enhanced cleaning measures in addition to routine cleaning around the hospital. For example, high-touch surfaces that are used often (i.e. door handles, counters, light switches) are being cleaned and disinfected frequently.)
To support our clients and families during these challenging times, Holland Bloorview has assembled of a number of resources and tip sheets to help families navigate through the new reality.
Translation and interpretation services are available to support all clients and families when accessing Holland Bloorview programs and services, including clinical appointments.
Inpatient family and caregiver presence policy
To ensure the safety of everyone in our community, all family caregivers are expected to wear a mask at all times where physical distancing of at least 2 meters (6 feet) is not possible. Inpatient clients over the age of 6 years are required to wear a mask (medical or well-fitted cloth), if they are able, when outside of their room.
Mental wellness and time at home is a large component our client’s rehabilitation journey. To keep everyone in our hospital safe, the following changes have been implemented to our weekend pass (WP) policy:
- All inpatient clients admitted from another facility must remain onsite for the first two weekends of their stay with us.
- The Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has requested two (2) weeks of notice for any clients requiring new in-home support. The availability of LHIN supports may impact individual WP timelines.
- Before being granted WP, eligible clients and their families should be able to safely complete any care routines (e.g. medication administration), and have discussed their readiness to go home with their care team.
- All clients and their households will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure before going on WP and returning to Holland Bloorview.
Restrictions to neighbourhood outings
While we recognize the value of outdoor time and exercise for our clients and families, at this time, we ask that clients who cannot wear masks do not go into retail stores when on neighbourhood outings.
Family visitor policy
Indoor family visits are currently on pause to encourage families to stay home and to limit the number of people on site.
What do I need to know about booking a visit?
Indoor visits must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance of a planned visit and booked through the Pick-a-Time online system.
For more information and support with booking a visit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are on-site, you can also ask a clerical assistant to help book a visit.
Essential care partner documentation
On-site programs and services
Holland Bloorview offers a number of programs and services on site, such as urgent clinical appointments and the re-initiation of research and teaching activity. We continue to also provide access to life-enhancing programs and services in a virtual environment.
The safety of everyone on-site is our top priority and our teams are working together to limit the number of people at the hospital at a time and taking additional precautions including screening, disinfecting and masking as noted above.
If you have an upcoming appointment, we encourage you to review Holland Bloorview on-site visits: processes and guidelines for more information on what to expect when coming to the hospital.
If multiple on-site appointments are needed for a client, we are making efforts to align appointment date and times to reduce the number of times they need to come to the hospital.
Outpatient family and caregiver presence policy
Two caregivers per client are permitted at each visit. Additionally, caregivers accompanying a client may bring their infant under 12 months.
If your family requires additional support when visiting the hospital, an accommodation/exception requests can be made by contacting email@example.com or calling 416-425-6220 ext. 3115 at least 48 hours before your appointment.
Ambulatory emergency services
Our pediatric dentistry, orthotics and prosthetics, psychopharmacology and hypertonia units are open for emergency cases. If you have an urgent need, please contact the clinic directly and a team member will get back to you as soon as possible.
- Pediatric Dentistry: 416-425-6220 ext. 3465
- Orthotics and Prosthetics: 416-424-3826
- Psychopharmacology clinic: 416-425-6220 ext. 3334
- Hypertonia clinic (by referral only)
In partnership with SickKids, Holland Bloorview has launched a COVID-19 testing service for children with medical complexity and children with developmental conditions who cannot be served in their community and up to two (2) family members, such as family caregivers and/or siblings.
About the service:
- An appointment is required to access the service and can be made by calling 416-419-4623. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, staffed by Holland Bloorview and SickKids staff.
- Appointments are available at SickKids during daytime hours (Monday to Friday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or at Holland Bloorview 5 days each week (Monday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- To provide families with options, the testing swab can be taken inside a vehicle or tent outside (SickKids) or in an indoor setting (Holland Bloorview).
See our web story for more information about the COVID-19 testing service at Holland Bloorview.
Kindercircle Day Care
The Kindercircle Day Care at Holland Bloorview has re-opened its doors to a limited number of children of Holland Bloorview staff and surrounding healthcare facilities as well as children from the local community.
The Kindercircle team worked tirelessly to put in place the measures needed to open the Kindercircle daycare as soon as possible with a modified plan that aligns with provincial regulations and Holland Bloorview’s own standards of health and safety.
For more information, check out the Kindercircle Day Care Re-opening Guide.
Emergency Transit Fund
Holland Bloorview has recently launched a new Emergency Transit Fund (ETF), dedicated to helping alleviate the financial stress and barriers experienced by some of our clients and families when they need to visit Holland Bloorview for clinical appointments. The fund provides up to $500 of wheelchair accessible taxi chits and a parking voucher to eligible families.
To learn more about the fund and how to access it, please speak to your Holland Bloorview social worker or clinical team.
This ETF was made possible through a generous donation from the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association. The ETF is a hallmark initiative through Holland Bloorview’s Always Events, focused on enhancing client and family navigation.
The health and safety of everyone in our community is always our top priority. Holland Bloorview, like hospitals across the province and City of Toronto has been impacted by the COVID-19 virus.
As of February 17, 2021, the number of COVID-19 positive cases include:
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Visit Bloorview School Authority’s website for their case count.
While we have experienced COVID-19 positive cases in our community, Holland Bloorview remains a safe environment for all client, families, staff, students and volunteers. See the General Information section above to learn more about some of the ways we keeping everyone safe at 150 Kilgour Road.