Coming for an appointment

Clinic appointments, diagnostic tests, outpatient procedures and treatments result in nearly 200,000 patient visits per year at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Waiting area space can be at quite a premium on some days.

We encourage you to have one adult companion escort you for scheduled appointments, tests, outpatient procedures or treatments.

For any of these visits, children (12 and under) are not allowed in the diagnostic testing suites and therefore they should not accompany you to the hospital. We are unable to provide supervised care for them while your test or treatment is carried out. Often it is inappropriate for them to accompany you into your assessment. Delays that may arise at any point during the day could cause considerable discomfort for young visitors as meal times or play periods get missed.

For information on preparation for your specific procedure or appointment please visit the department's page under Areas of care.

 Surgical areas

Surgical assessment clinic, surgical procedure unit and day surgery areas

You are welcome to bring one adult companion to attend clinic appointments. In many cases you will be glad for the company and for the transportation back home.

Day of surgery

For your comfort and support, up to two adults may accompany you on the day of your procedure or surgery.

We strongly encourage that you have arranged your return transportation ahead of attending these areas. Many of the waiting areas can often be quite crowded and schedules can get delayed. We suggest you arrange alternate care for young children who do not need to be at the clinic - for their comfort and yours.

 Appointments/ tests/ procedures

Clinic appointments, diagnostic tests, outpatient procedures and treatments result in nearly 200,000 patient visits per year at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Waiting area space can be at quite a premium on some days.

We encourage you to have one adult companion escort you for scheduled appointments, tests, outpatient procedures or treatments.

For any of these visits, children (12 and under) are not allowed in the Diagnostic Testing Suites and therefore they should not accompany you to the Hospital. We are unable to provide supervised care for them while your test or treatment is carried out. Often it is inappropriate for them to accompany you into your assessment. Delays that may arise at any point during the day could cause considerable discomfort for young visitors as meal times or play periods get missed.