Surgeries, Procedures and Clinic Appointments

Last Updated: 2020-07-30

Information for Patients with Scheduled Surgeries or Procedures

For your health, and for the safety of staff, we want to ensure you minimize your chance of getting COVID-19 in the time leading up to your procedure or surgery. Please follow the instructions below to help minimize your risk.

Self-isolate

Self-isolate for 14 days before the day of your procedure or surgery (or as long as possible, if less than 14 days before your surgery). More information on self-isolation is available through Public Health Ontario.

Hygiene

  • Clean your hands often, for at least 15 seconds
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces

 Monitor symptoms

Immediately notify your surgeon’s office if you or your household contacts develop any COVID-19 symptoms, or are diagnosed with COVID-19.

Pre-operative COVID-19 testing

If you require a pre-operative COVID-19 test, your surgeon will schedule this a few days before your surgery. 

Day of procedure or surgery

  • Plan to have someone plan to drop you off at the entrance and a volunteer will assist you in getting to the preoperative areas if necessary
  • Monitor for symptoms
  • Wear a mask
  • Do not take public transportation
  • Essential visitors can be scheduled one day after surgery. More information will be provided in the pre-op appointment.

Information for Patients with Scheduled Clinic Appointments

To reduce the number of people in the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our care teams have transitioned to virtual care visits with patients. In some cases, our out-patient clinics are beginning to schedule patients for in-person appointments.

  • If you have an appointment booked but feel unwell, please contact your health care team ahead of your visit.
  • Patients who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms and/or are not able to enter the hospital after being screened upon arrival at the hospital may be advised to return home and contact the clinic where their appointment was scheduled for direction on next steps for rescheduling their appointment.

If you have questions on your upcoming appointments or procedures, please contact your health care provider’s office directly.

Important Changes for Visitors

Sinai Health’s visitor policy has been updated to allow essential visitors (care partner) for patients at Mount Sinai Hospital and Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.

The safety of our patients and our people is paramount. Visiting hours, length of visits and the number of visitors permitted in the hospital at one time will be limited to maintain a safe environment for everyone.

Patients who meet the criteria for having an essential visitor must schedule visits in advance with the patient’s care team unless otherwise determined by the care team. Please call the patient’s department/area directly to confirm that scheduling is appropriate.

If you would like a friend or family member to receive information on how to track the progress of your procedure or surgery, please give an email address or cell phone number to your surgeon’s office.

Having a Baby?

Detailed information for patients coming for prenatal appointments, expectant mothers scheduled to give birth at Mount Sinai Hospital, postpartum patients and those who have an infant in the NICU can be found here.

What to Expect When You Arrive at the Hospital

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.