Visiting a patient
We understand the importance and integral role families, loved ones and caregivers have in providing physical, social and emotional support to patients. Beginning June 30, North York General Hospital is starting its phased approach to safely reintroduce visitors to the hospital. Seniors' Health Centre has also entered their first phase of visitor access as of June 18.
Virtual family visits
Virtual family visits are being offered to patients/residents and their loved ones as a Patient- and Family-Centred Care initiative during COVID-19. At the General site, virtual family visits are approximately 20 minutes long and can be booked in advance online. We are using Microsoft Teams and FaceTime to connect virtually. For other NYGH sites, please connect directly with the unit.
Precautions for entering the hospital
Please do not visit if you are sick. North York General is enhancing screening measures for everyone entering the General site and Seniors’ Health Centre to protect the health and safety of staff and patients against COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
Patient and visitor single point of entry general site: south lobby entrance
As of Tuesday, March 17, patients and visitors will enter the General site using only the South lobby entrance. There will be a single exit through the doors at the West entrance.
Everyone’s cooperation is appreciated and will contribute to keeping NYGH safe for those who work, study and receive care here.
Active screening for patients and visitors
Patients and visitors will be actively screen for COVID-19 related symptoms, contact history and travel at the entrance to the South lobby.
Short-term parking waiting area
In an effort to reduce traffic congestion in the West lobby exit roundabout, we have created a no charge, cell phone waiting area in the current Pay & Display lot just south of the bridge by the TTC stop. This is designed for those waiting and or picking up patients and loved ones. Cars in the cell phone area must be occupied at all times. Those who do not may be ticketed or towed. Cell phone waiting area hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
North York General Hospital volunteers staff three information desks. They will be happy to answer your questions and direct you.
General site Torokvei Atrium (ground floor lobby)
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Weekends and statutory holidays: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
General site west lobby (1rst floor)
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.
Weekends and statutory holidays: closed
Branson Ambulatory Care Centre main entrance
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Weekends and statutory holidays: closed
Wireless internet and phones
North York General Hospital offers free wireless internet at the General site, making it easier for our patients and visitors to stay connected with family and friends.
How to access free wireless internet:
Enable Wi-Fi on your device (laptop, tablet or smartphone)
Select “NYGH_GUEST” from the wireless network list
To call a patient
Dial the main hospital line at 416-756-6000 then follow the instructions and enter the extension.
You may obtain a patient's room or phone number from a volunteer at the General site's Information Desks on the main floor or on the 1rst floor. If you do not know the extension, please wait for an operator to come on the line and redirect you.
To make a call from a patient phone
Dial “9” then dial the 10 digit number you are trying to reach.
Long distance calls must be made through the operator and must be either collect (charged to another number) or credit card. For assistance, press “0”
Cell phones and wireless communication devices, such as two-way pagers and personal digital assistants, are allowed in the hospital in areas where they will not interfere with sensitive electronic equipment. As a courtesy, please turn off your cell phone during appointments.
Cell phones are restricted and must be turned off in the following areas of the hospital:
Operating suites (first floor)
Charlotte & Lewis Steinberg Emergency's patient care areas (1st floor)
Medical Imaging (first floor)
BMO Financial Group Breast Diagnostic Centre (1st floor)
Tippet Foundation Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (2nd floor)
Intensive Care Unit (6th floor)
Telemetry Unit (6th floor)
Waiting area (6th floor)
Branson Ambulatory Care Centre:
Medical Imaging (1st floor)
In addition to restricted areas, due to privacy concerns some programs may have policies that require all cell and wireless communication devices be turned off during treatment.