WCH COVID-19 Assessment Centre

COVID-19 Assessment & Appointments

*ATTENTION*
Saturday, April 10 (5:42 p.m.) - We continue to experience issues with our phone systems and COVID-19 Assessment Centre bookings. We are working to resolve the issues as quickly as possible, but are currently not able to accept new bookings. COVID-19 test results can still be accessed through the Ministry of Health with an OHIP card. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.   

Open 7 days a week
8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
76 Grenville Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1B2

How to get a COVID-19 Test

If you have had contact with someone who has COVID-19, please wait at least 7 days from the date of contact with the COVID-19 positive individual before coming in for a test. This timeframe allows for the most accurate test results. If you have questions, please speak to a physician.

If you have had contact with someone who has COVID-19, and you have recieved a negative result in the first 6 days post-contact, a repeat test is recommended on day 10 or later .

Regardless of your test results, you must self-isolate for 14 days after exposure. 

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Check Eligibility

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


SCHEDULE TEST

Speak to a physician to verify eligibility for testing or register a child (age 4-18) for a Take Home Saliva Test. 

For further instructions on how to obtain a take home saliva test, and what to expect from a consultation with a health care provider, please see below.
SPEAK TO A PHYSICIAN

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Get Tested 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

 

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

What to expect from a consultation with a healthcare provider:
If you choose to schedule an appointment to speak to a healthcare provider, you will be contacted within an hour of the selected appointment time. During the appointment, you and your provider will discuss your current health status, answer questions you may have about COVID-19 testing and discuss next steps if testing is required.

  • 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, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 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.

     



    Icon of a trainThe closes subway stop to Women’s College Hospital is Queen’s Park on Line 1. Visit the TTC for full transit options and schedules.

  • Hospital Testing Eligibility (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

  • Hospital Testing Eligibility (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). 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 is offering alternate COVID-19 tests for some groups of eligible patients. The best test for the diagnosis of COVID-19 is the nasopharyngeal (NP) swab and we continue to recommend this as a primary option. However, for those who meet the criteria listed below, alternate tests are available including: combined throat and both nostrils, deep nasal (mid-turbinate), and saliva. Of all available tests, the saliva test is the least accurate and turnaround times may be longer.

    Eligibility criteria for an alternate COVID-19 test:

    People eligible for a COVID-19 test (see 'eligibility guidelines' criteria above)

    AND

    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).

    NOTE: Eligible patients who choose the saliva test cannot eat, drink, chew gum or smoke 30 minutes prior to the test. 

  • Take-Home COVID-19 Saliva Tests (children 4 - 18 years)

    Take-Home COVID-19 Saliva Tests available for those who are:

    • Between the ages of 4-18 years
    • Able to provide a sufficient saliva sample (2-5 mL)
    • Meet Ministry of Health criteria for testing

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

    1. SPEAK TO A PHYSICIAN
    2.  You must register using the child's health card information and phone number. Repeat the registration for every child being considered for a Take Home Saliva Test.
    3. After speaking to the physician, you can come collect your kit from the COVID-19 Assessment Centre and bring it home.
    4. Detailed instructions on how to collect saliva samples are provided in the collection kits. The kits must be returned to the COVID-19 Assessment Centre within 24 hours of collecting the sample.
  • International Travel Clearance

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

    Travelers should refer to the testing requirements of the destination country and their travel carrier. 

  • 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.

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