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 Metabolics

About the Metabolics Program

The clinic provides care for the following types of symptoms or diseases:

  • Children with recurrent unexplained illness or progressive deterioration in physical or mental status;
  • Children or adults with known or suspected genetic metabolic diseases such as amino acid, fatty acid, organic acid, or sugar disorders, lysosomal storage, peroxisomal or mitochondria disorders;
  • Children with a positive newborn screen;
  • Children and adults with a positive family history of metabolic disease
  • Children or adults with unexplained seizures and/or neurological dysfunction
  • Children or adults with unexplained neurodevelopmental disorders (global developmental delay, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, or other complex developmental-behavioural disorder) can be referred to the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Diagnostic Clinic (NDDC)

How to make an appointment

A physician referral is required. Important information to include in your referral:

  1. Physician’s full name and phone number;
  2. Physician’s number;
  3. Patient’s name, address, and phone number;
  4. Relevant family history (i.e. who is affected, exactly how they are related to the patient); and
  5. Appropriate medical records (i.e. pathology reports, test results) of the patient and/or affected relatives.

All referrals can be faxed or mailed to:

Division of Metabolics and Newborn Screening
Department of Pediatrics, Room W3116
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6

Tel: 613-737-7600 Ext 2821 Fax: 613-738-4216

What should you bring to your appointment? 

  • Health Card
  • Relevant medical records
  • Relevant dietary records
  • Prescription renewal request

What happens at the Metabolics clinic?

A medical student, resident or fellow may see you or your child first.

You or your child will see one or more of the following:

  • Doctor(s) with special expertise in genetic metabolic disorders;
  • Dietician(s) who specialize in the nutrition issues of metabolic disorders; and
  • If needed, we also arrange access to psychology and social work services.

Some tests may need to be performed on the day of your visit or shortly after. Some of these tests include:

  • Blood test ( about 1 tsp);
  • Urine test; and
  • X-Ray(s)/Scan(s)

If needed at later visits, more specialized testing could be requested. These tests and the results will be discussed with you at your clinic visits.

Do I have to pay for anything?

The visit and testing is usually covered by your provincial health care insurance. Exceptions may occur and will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Always bring you and your child’s health cards.

What if I need an interpreter?

Interpretation services are available in many different languages. Please let the administrative assistants know and arrangements will be made for you. Please let us know in advance.

Location and Hours

  • Metabolics Main Office (Metabolics Physicians & Administrative Assistant)

The main Metabolics office is located on the 3rd floor of the Max Keeping Wing adjacent to the main hospital building.

Division of Metabolics and Newborn Screening
Department of Pediatrics, Room W3116
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
Tel: 613-737-7600 Ext 2821
Fax: 613-738-4216

  • Metabolics Clinic (Patient Service Clerk)

The Metabolics clinic is located at the Main CHEO Campus (401 Smyth Road) in Clinic C-5 on the main level of the hospital (Level 2). Maps and signage are available at the entrances to the hospital.

Clinic C-5
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
Tel: 613-737-7600 Ext 3912
Fax: 613-738-4258

Office Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:00 – 4:00

Administrative Assistant

Tel: 613-737-7600 x 2821
Fax: 613-738-4216

For more information about your visit to CHEO click here.

For any inquiries please call the clinic at 613-737-7600 ext 3912.

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