How We’re Keeping Patients Safe

Last Updated: 2022-01-12

As of December 9, 2021 essential care partners need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to visit a patient in the hospital or accompany a patient to a clinic appointment. Learn more on the Support for Visitors page.

Expanded Safety Measures

Sinai Health is continuously monitoring information about COVID-19 and adapting our care practices to reflect the latest recommendations and guidelines from local and provincial health authorities and the World Health Organization.

Screening at Entrances

All patients, visitors, physicians, learners and employees are screened for symptoms prior to entering our buildings. We are currently asking everyone to report the following symptoms upon arrival:

One of the following:

  • Fever 37.8 °C/100.0° F
  • Chills
  • Cough, new or worsening
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell

Two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue, lethargy, or malaise, muscle aches or joint pain
  • Nausea, vomiting and or diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or congestion without other known cause
  • Headache

In addition, anyone who is waiting for COVID-19 test results or living with someone who has COVID-19, will not be permitted to enter. If you have travelled out of the country in the last 14 days, you must follow the return from travel requirements of the Canadian government before being permitted entry.

Masks and Protective Equipment

Essential care partners, patients attending clinics, physicians and employees are required to wear a mask at all times when in our hospital buildings. Patients and essential visitors will be required to wear a medical grade procedure mask. A mask will be provided to you upon entry into the hospital.

  • Essential care partners, patients attending clinics, physicians and employees are required to wear a mask at all times when in our hospital buildings. Our clinical teams may be dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate.
  • You will need to wear a medical grade procedure mask at all times from entry into the hospital and in common areas.
  • Please do not take off your mask to eat or drink when in the hospital. Instead, eat or drink before or after you visit.
  • A medical grade procedure mask will be provided to you.
  • Always practice hand hygiene before and after handling a mask.

Cleaning

We frequently and thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces throughout all of our medical offices, waiting rooms, operating and procedure rooms, clinics and patient areas. Patients, visitors and employees are encouraged to clean their hands often with hand sanitizer provided throughout our buildings.

Modified Visitor Access

We continue to limit visitors at this time for the health and well-being of our patients and those providing care for them. We look forward to returning to our regular patient-centred visitor guidelines as soon as it is safe to do so.

Physical Distancing

With direction from our infection control experts, our patient spaces and common areas have been altered to ensure social distancing. By following best practices, we are keeping our hospitals and clinics safe for all who need them.

Patient Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Emergency Department still open?

Yes. Our Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital continues to provide care to those with urgent needs. All patients will be screened for COVID-19 prior to entering the building. Due to renovations and physical distancing requirements, we cannot accommodate visitors in the waiting rooms of our Emergency Department. Only patients that meet specific criteria are eligible for visitors in the Emergency Department after they have been assessed by the clinical team. Visit the Emergency Department during COVID-19 page for information.

How will I be screened when I arrive?

All patients and caregivers at Mount Sinai Hospital and Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital will be asked why they are coming to the hospital and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, including:

One of the following:

  • Fever 37.8 °C/100.0° F
  • Chills
  • Cough, new or worsening
  • Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell

Two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme fatigue, lethargy, or malaise, muscle aches or joint pain
  • Nausea, vomiting and or diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose or congestion without other known cause
  • Headache

If you have any of these symptoms or are currently waiting for COVID-19 test results, live with someone who has COVID-19, you will not be permitted to enter. If you have travelled out of the country in the last 14 days, you must follow the return from travel requirements of the Canadian government before being permitted entry.

What can patients and essential care partners do for the safety of themselves, other patients, and the health care team?

  • Get the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Be truthful when answering screening questions
  • Wear a mask at all times when in the hospital
  • Essential care partners should not visit if they are experiencing any symptoms or may have had a high-risk exposure
  • Essential care partners should not eat or drink while in the hospital
  • Clean your hands frequently
  • Ensure physical distancing
  • Follow all public health guidelines in the community
  • If you have any symptoms, or feel unwell, get tested for COVID-19

Can I know the COVID-19 vaccination status of my roommate?

The COVID-19 vaccination status of another patient is personal health information.

Sinai Health has many policies and processes in place to keep patients, essential care partners/families and the health care team safe. These include:

  • Patient screening and routine testing on admission
  • Routine symptom surveillance and testing
  • Infection prevention and control best practices (e.g. placing a symptomatic patient in an isolation room)
  • Use of appropriate personal protective equipment for patients, essential care partners and our staff
  • Implementation of outbreak mitigation strategies for health care providers, patients and essential care partners
  • Limiting hospital visitor access to essential care partners 

Do I need to wear a mask?

  • You will need to wear a medical grade procedure mask at all times when in the hospital and in common areas.
  • One will be provided to you upon entry.
  • You may be provided with a different mask, if determined by your care team during your appointment.
  • Always practice hand hygiene before and after handling a mask.

Can I still get food at the hospitals?

We need to do everything we can to prevent outbreaks and keep everyone safe. Everyone is required to wear a mask—covering the nose and mouth and below the chin—at all times while in the hospital building. This means that you cannot consume food or drink while inside the hospital. This applies to all areas of the hospital, including patient rooms, hallways and public areas. We encourage you to eat or drink before or after you visit.

Can I bring my service animal?

Yes, at this time service animals are welcome. Please bring any related documentation about your animal in case you need to show it during the screening process. Emotional Support Animals are also permitted at this time in areas where it is safe to do so. Please note other personal pets are not permitted at this time. For additional details, please visit our Mount Sinai Hospital Accessibility resources and our Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital Accessibility resources.

How do I enter Mount Sinai Hospital?

Access to the main hospital is possible through both the University Avenue and Murray Street entrances, with a separate process for staff. Patient drop-off will be on Murray Street in front of the Visitor/Patient screening entrance.

Patient pick-up will be from the Murray Street driveway.

  • University Avenue Entrance: Opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. on weekdays. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
  • Murray Street Entrance: Open 24 hours, seven days a week.

How do I enter 60 Murray Street?

Patients should enter through the south doors, just off the parking lot.

How do I enter the Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Building, 700 University Avenue?

Patient-only access to our clinics in the OPG building is as follows:

  • Access is possible through the main doors off of the University Avenue.
  • Take the low rise elevators to the appropriate floor for your appointment (3rd floor or 8th floor).

How do I enter Hennick Bridgepoint Hospital?

Patients and any vendors/contractors (without ID badge) will be directed to access the building through the Ambulatory Care Entrance or through parking.

  • Ambulatory Care Entrance (off Jack Layton Way): Open 24 hours.
  • Parking Entrances: Open 24 hours.