WCH COVID-19 Assessment Centre

COVID-19 Assessment & Appointments

Open 6 days a week
Monday - Saturday (Closed on Sunday)
10:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
76 Grenville Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1B2

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Check Eligibility

Complete a self-assessment with Government of Ontario to confirm testing eligibility.

We do not provide testing for travel.

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Book an appointment to get a COVID-19 test or pick up a saliva kit. 

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

If you have questions about eligibility or are unsure whether you need a COVID-19 test:

  • Take the Ministry of Health's self assessment or,
  • Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 to speak with a registered nurse who will advise you whether you require further care or potenital testing in-person or,
  • Call Toronto Public Health Hotline at 416-338-7600

If you have questions about how to book your appointment or accessing your results, please contact 416-800-1945.

Cancelling your appointment:
If you're unable to attend your scheduled appointment you must call 416-800-1945 to cancel.

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Get tested or pick up saliva kit at WCH

Assessment Centre Map76 Grenville St., Toronto
Use North East entrance on Grosvenor St.


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Check Your Results

Results are usually available within 24-hours online through the Government of Ontario


Check Results

Have you been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
Click here to find out when you need to get tested and self-isolate after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, as well as what your household members should do.

 

  • Preparing for your appointment 

    NOTE: Women’s College does not have an emergency department. If your symptoms worsen before your test, seek care at the nearest emergency department.

    Icon of an I.D. CardPlease bring identification
    Ontario Health Insurance Program card (OHIP) or other government issued identifcation.
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    Icon of a woman with a speech bubbleIf you require any special supports, translation or accommodations, ahead of your appointment call 416-800-1945, 8:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


    Icon of mapWomen’s College Hospital COVID-19 Assessment Centre
    76 Grenville Street, Toronto
    Use North East entrance on Grosvenor St. 



    Icon of a P in a circle for parkingPlease park in the lot off the turning circle in front of the hospital.

     

  • Testing  for adults

    Women’s College only provides COVID-19 testing to those individuals who meet the Government of Ontario eligibility guidelines.

    TAKE THE SELF-ASSESSMENT

    You should only seek testing at our assessment centre if:

    1. You are showing COVID-19 symptoms; OR
    2. You have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, such as:
            Your public health unit has informed you of exposure and recommended you be tested, or The COVID Alert app has informed you of exposure;
      OR
    3. You live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit; OR
    4. You are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

    If you have had suspected contact, please wait  7 days from date of contact before coming in for a test.

    Individuals who do not meet the criteria outlined above may receive COVID-19 testing at non-hospital testing locations such as pharmacies. This includes individuals seeking testing in order to obtain travel clearance (also known as asymptomatic testing). Note a fee may be associated with this testing. Find a location

  • Testing for children 18 and younger

    Women’s College Hospital provides two types of testing for individuals under the age of 18 who require COVID-19 testing and meet the following eligibility criteria:  

    • Have been recommended for testing by the local public health unit; OR
    • Are exhibiting new/worsening symptoms of:
      • Fever and/or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath
      • Decrease or loss of smell or taste

    OR

    • Exhibiting any of the following new/worsening symptoms:
      • Sore throat
      • Runny/Stuffy nose
      • Headache
      • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
      • Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise 

    Individuals who do not meet the criteria outlined above may receive COVID-19 testing at non-hospital testing locations such as pharmacies. This includes individuals seeking testing in order to obtain travel clearance (also known as asymptomatic testing), and Summer Camp clearnance. Note a fee may be associated with this testing. Find a location

    Resources
    How to prepare and comfort a child for their COVID-19 test (.pdf)

    School Guidelines
    Toronto Public Health has updated its COVID-19 student screening tool (.pdf) to prevent further opportunities for virus spread. As part of this guidance, if a child has one or more new, or worsening COVID-19 symptoms, parents will now be required to:

    • Keep their child home.
    • Keep siblings and other children home, even if they do not have symptoms.
    • Arrange for the child to get tested or contact their health care provider.
    • Without testing, the child must stay home for 10 days.
    • Monitor the family for symptoms. Adults must stay home if they have one or more symptom.

    TDSB COVID-19 Resources:
    TDSB’s Health Pass (.pdf) 
    TDSB Daily Health Screening App 
    COVID-19 School Decision Guide (.pdf) 

  • Types of COVID-19 Testing

    Women’s College Hospital primarily uses two types of testing methods for the diagnosis of COVID-19:

    1. Nasopharyngeal swab 
    2. Combine throat and nasal swab 
    3. Saliva sample
    1. NASOPHARYNGEAL SWAB

    What is a nasopharyngeal swab?

    • Also known as a nasal swab, this involves the collection of a sample with a swab deep through your nose.
    • A nasopharyngeal swab is the most accurate test for diagnosing COVID-19.
    • This is the most commonly performed test for diagnosis COVID-19.

    Who qualifies to get a COVID-19 nasopharyngeal swab test?

    How to get a nasopharyngeal swab.

    • A sample must be collected in-person at our Assessment Centre.
    • Appointments can be booked online.
    • Note that each person requiring a test must have an appointment. (e.g. separate appointments must be booked for a parent and child, spouse, etc.)
    • When booking an appointment for someone else, you must enter their information. Do not enter your own information. Repeat this process for every person requiring a test.

    Book an appointment

     

    1. COMBINED THROAT AND NASAL SWAB

    What is a combined throat and nasal swab?

    • A combined throat and nasal swab is the collection of a sample from both nostrils and your throat.
    • This method is used when a nasopharyngeal swab is not suitable or not well tolerated.

     Who qualifies to get a COVID-19 combined throat and nasal swab test?

    • Available to anyone who presents at the Assessment Centre who meets Ontario testing eligibility and a nasopharyngeal swab is decided to be not suitable.

    How to get a combined throat and nasal swab.

    • A sample must be collected in-person at our Assessment Centre.
    • Appointments can be booked online.
    • Note that each person requiring a test must have an appointment. (e.g. separate appointments must be booked for a parent and child, spouse, etc.)
    • When booking an appointment for someone else, you must enter their information. Do not enter your own information. Repeat this process for every person requiring a test.

    Book an appointment

     

    1. SALIVA SAMPLE

    What is a saliva test?

    • A saliva sample is an alternate testing method that involves providing a 2-5 ml saliva sample in a collection container.

    Who qualifies for a saliva test?

    • Available to anyone who meets Ontario testing eligibility and one of the following two criteria:
      • Children who are 4 - 18 years old*;  OR
      • People with a medical or anatomical problem that makes it difficult to have an NP swab (for example, recent or previous oral/nasal/throat surgery, risk of severe bleeding with any NP trauma).

    * Please note that children under 6 often have difficulty providing a usable saliva sample as they have trouble following the "pool and drool" instructions 

    How to get a Take-Home COVID-19 Saliva Test

    • The collection of a saliva sample can be done at home.
    • Test kits can be arranged for pick up through a simple 4-step process

    1. Book an appointment to pick up a Saliva Test kit

    2. Provide a sample

    3. Return the sample

      • When collecting the saliva test kit for someone else, you must provide their information. You will need to pick up an individual kit for each person you are providing a sample from.
      • You will be provided with the saliva test kit and instructions on how to collect the sample at your appointment.

    Book an appointment

    • Each person must provide a sample as per the instructions.
    • Only one sample per kit.

    Saliva Kit Instructions

    Return the sample to:

    WCH Assessment Centre

    Grosvenor Street

    10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

     

  • International Travel & Summer Camp Clearance

    Women’s College Hospital does not provide COVID-19 testing for travel clearance or Summer Camp clearance purposes.

    Travel Clearance

    If you are traveling outside of Canada and require testing for travel clearance (asymptomatic testing), and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you can find a location of a local pharmacy who provides this service. Travelers should refer to the testing requirements of the destination country and their travel carrier.

    Summer Camp Clearance

    If you have a child planning to attend summer camp and require clearance (asymptomatic testing), and they do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you can find a location of a local pharmacy who provides this service.

  • Test Results

    A member of WCH staff and Public Health will call you only if your results are positive. Please do not visit the hospital to obtain your test result.

    A copy of your result is available online through the Ministry of Health or if you are registered for MyHealthRecord. If you can't access your results online, you can also contact our Health Information department at 416-323-6098 or requestforrecords@wchospital.ca.

  • What do you do if you've been exposed to COVID-19?

    If you've been notified by your COVID Alert app, or think you've been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the follow Ontario Health’s direction to take care of yourself and protect others.

  • Useful Links
  • What to do after you have had COVID-19

    Please follow the guidance of your public health unit on when to end self-isolation and safely return to work. For people living in the City of Toronto, information on ending self-isolation and returning to work can be found here.

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