Neurology

Contact Us:

2G Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital

Phone: (905) 521-2100, x. 78517,  Fax: (905) 521-5056

Clinic Overview:

This specialized clinic within McMaster Children's Hospital centralizes services for infants, children, and teens with neurological disorders. Care is multidisciplinary and family centered, with an understanding that medical conditions in a child impact the whole family. Our philosophy is family-centered care.

The Pediatric Neurology service at McMaster provides consultations to children and youth and health professionals work as a team to develop a therapeutic plan to support children and their families within the 2G clinic. This clinic specializes in treating neurological conditions such as the following:

What Services Do We Provide?

Clinic Location:

The hospital is located at 1200 Main St. W., Hamilton, ON, L8N 3Z5.

2G Clinic, McMaster Children's Hospital

2nd Floor, to the left when entering hospital at main entrance

Hospital Map

What Happens When We Arrive?

When you arrive at the 2G clinic please check in with the Business clerk at the reception desk. The business clerk will let the team know that you have arrived.

Referral Process:

Referrals can be faxed directly to clinic at 905-521-5056 as noted on the referral form.

Urgent Referrals:

The clinics are not for emergencies. If your child needs to be seen on an urgent basis, please contact your family doctor or go to your local emergency department.

Clinic Hours:

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Monday to Friday (closed on holidays)

Changing Your Appointment:

Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to change or cancel your child's appointment.

Important:

If the patient is ill with any antibiotic resistant organism, MRSA, a communicable disease (such as Chicken Pox), or a respiratory infection, please notify reception staff prior to your scheduled appointment.

What Should You Bring To The Clinic?

Interdisciplinary Team:

Neurologist:

A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic conditions (affecting the brain, nervous system, or development) in children.

Nurse Practitioner:

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a nurse with advanced practice skills who works closely with the doctors and nurses to provide supportive care and management of different neurological conditions.

Registered Nurse:

A nurse with specialized knowledge and experience dealing with neurologic conditions in children. The nurse will help assess children’s needs, help families communicate with the Neurologist and other team members, and will provide information and support to children and their families.

Social Worker:

Social workers help patients and their families cope with the practical and emotional concerns that accompany any diagnosis. Social workers play an important role in the clinic and believe in building on the strengths of each patient and family. They work with the rest of the team to ensure that the patient and family reach their full potential.

Our clinic social workers get to meet most patients and families, and take the time needed to find out more about each patient, about what concerns them, and what matters most to them. Although this information can be kept private, if the patient wishes, sharing their worries with others may be a big step in patients getting better.

Social workers can help identify and develop ways to cope with difficulties, and to maintain healthy supportive relationships. They can also identify resources in the community, and provide support with education or school-related issues.

As with all members of the team, our social workers are sometimes involved in research projects aimed at improving the quality of life for all of our young patients.

Registered Dietitian:

Nutrition is especially important to growing children and teens. To ensure that our patients eat foods they like and meet their body's needs, the Registered Dietitian works with our patients and their families to develop a nutritional plan that will help support the outcome of optimal health and nutrition.

Neuropsychologist:

A psychologist who specializes in assessing the effect that certain brain problems can have on behavior, attention, thinking, learning, memory, language and perception.

Child Life Specialist:

The child life specialist can help your child and family by:

- Explaining your child's condition in a way that is easy to understand

- Helping your child find ways to safely express his or her feelings

- Using medical play to help your child understand their condition and associated treatment

- motivating your child to take part in his or her care

- preparing your child for any treatment or medical procedures

- helping your child learn healthy ways of coping with difficult experiences related to health care and the hospital

- explaining your child's needs to the other members of the health care team

Resources:

Epilepsy Ontario

Migrane Association of Canada

Headache Network Canada