Hospital for Sick Children

Referral/Teaching Hospital | Toronto, Canada

Hospital description

Located in downtown Toronto, the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is one of the largest dedicated paediatric hospitals in the world and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated to the University of Toronto, the hospital is very modern, well-equipped and has a good reputation for teaching and research. Patients have their own rooms and there is a Disney store in the hospital.

SickKids is also one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has made discoveries that have helped children across the world. The hospital is dedicated to providing the best in complex and specialized family-centred care; pioneering scientific and clinical advancements; sharing expertise; and fostering an academic environment that develops healthcare professionals. This is in addition to the stated desire to develop and promote accessible, comprehensive and sustainable paediatric healthcare.

Research has been an integral part of SickKids since 1954 and in-house scientists carry out research in many different areas; the different teams at SickKids also incorporate some of the world’s top scientists and SickKids has made many disciveries that have advanced paediatric care, including the discovery of a number of genes that cause diseases.

Teaching and training
As one of the teaching hospitals for the University of Toronto, SickKids teaches and trains healthcare students from around the world to become doctors, nurses and other important healthcare workers such as social workers, physiotherapists and dietitians. Students do get to visit and work with the children at SickKids but final decisions regarding treatment are made by the qualified medical staff.


Hospital type Referral/Teaching Hospital
Local language English
Funding Status Public


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