Osler's COVID-19 Testing Centres

Osler's Testing Centres are dedicated to assessing for COVID-19 and are among several testing centres established across Ontario to support the health and safety of our communities. Our testing centres are staffed by Registered Nurses, Registration Clerks and Nurse Practitioners.

Brampton COVID-19 Testing Centre
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Etobicoke COVID-19 Testing Centre
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Peel Memorial
20 Lynch Street, Brampton
(Use south side entrance and dedicated outdoor parking next to the entrance)

Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Seven days a week
Etobicoke General
101 Humber College Boulevard, Etobicoke
(Use south east entrance/former Emergency Department, park in Lot G)

Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Seven days a week

The Ontario Government has set guidelines for COVID-19 Testing Centres across the province. You can be tested for COVID-19 at Osler’s COVID-19 Testing Centres if you have symptoms or if you are not showing symptoms but meet any of the following criteria:

  • Your public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies you that you have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus
  • Live or work in a setting that is currently experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak
  • Live or work in an at-risk setting such as a long-term care home, homeless shelter or other congregate setting
  • Will be visiting a long-term care home
  • Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative as confirmed by the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Long-Term Care
  • Are an approved Osler care partner
  • Are an international student that has passed the 14 day quarantine period
  • Are a farm worker
  • Are a member of an Indigenous community

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever (temperature of 37.8 degrees °C or above) that’s not caused from a known infection or illness
  • Any new or worsening:
    • Cough, shortness of breath
    • Sore throat or hoarse voice
    • Runny nose or sneezing, nasal congestion
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea, or abdominal pain
    • Flu-like illness
    • Pink eye/redness of eye(s)

Please note we are not testing children under the age of two at either testing centre site. Patients who are tested will undergo a nasal swab and receive direction from the care team regarding next steps in their care, based on their possible symptoms.

When should I get my child tested?

Children are eligible for testing when they fulfill the following symptoms:

  • Have been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Are recommended for testing by the local public health unit
  • Are exhibiting new/worsening symptoms of:
    • Fever and/or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Decrease or loss of smell or taste
    • Sore throat and/or difficulty swallowing
    • Runny/Stuffy nose
    • Headache
    • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea
    • Fatigue, lethargy, muscle aches or malaise

For more information about going to school during COVID-19, please visit the Region of Peel's website.

Why is Osler relocating its COVID-19 Testing Centres?

With winter upon us, Osler is relocating its COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Centres in Brampton and Etobicoke indoors to ensure the health, safety and comfort of staff and patients. Both Drive-Thru Testing Centres require significant outdoor infrastructure to mitigate the impact of weather and moving these Centres indoors will ensure an optimal environment for our staff and patients.

Why did Osler select these locations?

Both Etobicoke General and Peel Memorial provide dedicated, self-contained spaces that can be used to operate COVID-19 Testing Centres. COVID-19 Testing Centres have very specific requirements. Locations are selected based on their accessibility to public transit and major intersections, as well as their safety, infrastructure and logistical features. All of these are available at Peel Memorial and Etobicoke General.

What is the process for booking a test at these new locations?

This process has not changed. Anyone who is eligible for COVID-19 Testing can still book a COVID-19 test online or by phone at 905-487-1249.

What is the process for undergoing a test at these new locations?

Testing at Peel Memorial:

  • When you arrive for your scheduled appointment time, please park your vehicle in the designated parking area. Parking is available at the back of the building (south side) adjacent to the railroad tracks. Signage will clearly indicate the entrance.
  • Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  • Enter the Testing Centre and register on your phone using the QR code available inside the Centre. If you do not have a mobile device, a Registration Clerk will sign you in.
  • Please bring your health card. If you do not have a health card, you will still be tested.
  • Wear a mask when entering the building.
  • Maintain physical distance from others while in the testing centre.
  • You will receive a parking validation ticket after your completed test.

Testing at Etobicoke General:

  • When you arrive for your scheduled appointment time, please park your vehicle in the designated parking area. Parking is available adjacent to the old Emergency Department (Lot G).
  • Please arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  • Enter the Testing Centre and register on your phone using the QR code available inside. If you do not have a mobile device, a Registration Clerk will sign you in.
  • Please bring your health card. If you do not have a health card, you will still be tested.
  • Wear a mask when entering the building.
  • Maintain physical distance from others while in the testing centre.
  • You will receive a parking validation ticket after your completed test.

What is the difference between the Peel Memorial COVID-19 Testing Centre and the COVID-19, Cold and Flu Clinic?

Anyone who meets the criteria for COVID-19 testing can book an appointment to receive at test at an Osler COVID-19 Testing Centre, including the Centre at Peel Memorial. Patients 2 years and older are able to be tested. Osler’s Testing Centres are open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.

Osler’s COVID-19, Cold and Flu Clinic at Peel Memorial is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily for people who meet the criteria for COVID-19 testing and those who have cold, flu and possible COVID-19 symptoms and feel they need to be seen by a doctor. At the Clinic, they can receive a medical assessment from a physician, a COVID-19 test and information about the next steps of care based on their symptoms. Patients as young as 6 months old can be assessed at the Clinic. No appointment is needed.

Signage at Peel Memorial will indicate the entrance and location of the COVID-19 Testing Centre and the COVID-19, Cold and Flu Clinic.

Is it safe to have a COVID-19 Testing Centre inside of a hospital?

Yes. The COVID-19 Testing Centres are located in a self-contained area of the facility and do not impact other outpatient or inpatient services at the site. Osler has taken every precaution to ensure the health and safety of everyone who comes through our doors. Among them are:

  • enhanced cleaning practices
  • actively screening all staff, physicians and outpatients
  • providing masks to everyone who comes to our hospitals
  • enforcing a ‘no visitors’ policy, with some exceptions

The COVID-19 Testing Centres do not pose a risk of COVID-19 exposure to residents in the surrounding area. Evidence shows COVID-19 is transmitted primarily via droplets during close, unprotected contact with another person (e.g. when someone sneezes or coughs).

Osler’s COVID-19 Testing Centres meet all Ministry of Health guidelines and protocols.

Is a visitor allowed to accompany me to get my test?

To ensure the safety of all our patients and their families, staff, physicians and volunteers, we are currently operating with a limited visitor policy. No visitors are allowed to accompany patients at the COVID-19 Testing Centres with the exception of those with cognitive/developmental and physical disabilities and those under the age of 18.

Will I have to pay for parking at the new testing centre locations?

No. You will receive a parking validation ticket after you receive your test, which will allow you to park free of charge.

Is there a charge to be tested if I do not have OHIP coverage or if I do not have health insurance?

No. The Ministry of Health announced Ontario is waiving the three-month waiting period for OHIP coverage to ensure that anyone in need of care can receive it. The province will also cover the cost of COVID-19 services for uninsured people who do not meet the criteria for OHIP coverage.

Will the testing centres issue absence notes for employment purposes?

No. The testing centre has been established strictly to assess patients for COVID-19. Notes for employment or other purposes will not be provided by physicians or other clinical staff.

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