Surgeries, Procedures and Clinic Appointments
Last Updated: 2022-04-07
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.
To serve you better, Sinai Health has developed a COVID-19 pre-screening tool for patients and their Essential Care Partners attending a clinic, a procedure or surgery. The tool allows for a smooth process at the building entrance screening, as well as check in at the clinic or care provider.
For your health, and for the safety of our people and other patients, we want to ensure you minimize your chance of getting COVID-19 in the time leading up to your surgery, procedure or clinic appointment. Here is some information on how to prepare for coming to the hospital.
- Monitor for symptoms: Review the list of common symptoms of COVID-19. If you have any of the symptoms on that list without another known cause (e.g. allergies), please call your care provider or clinic to discuss options for proceeding with your care.
- Pre-screening: All patients, essential care partners or other approved visitors will be screened for symptoms prior to surgery, procedure, clinic appointment and before entering our buildings.
- Masks: All patients, essential care partners and other approved visitors are required to wear a medical grade procedure mask upon entering the buildings and in all common areas. One will be provided to you when you arrive for your appointment.
- Hand Hygiene: Clean your hands often, for at least 15 seconds and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
- Hospital entrance screening: Upon arrival at the hospital, you will be asked a series of questions, including the purpose of your visit and if you are experiencing any symptoms. You will be asked to sanitize your hands.
Information for Patients with Scheduled Surgeries or Procedures
Please 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.
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 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
- Information about our current visitor policy can be found here and more details will be provided in the pre-op appointment
- 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 care provider or clinic
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. Your clinic will advise you if an in-person appointment is required.
- You will be pre-screened prior to your appointment for symptoms of COVID-19. If you have an appointment booked but feel unwell without other known causes, please do not come to the hospital without first contacting your clinic ahead of your visit.
- Patients who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms upon arriving at the hospital may be advised to return home and contact their clinic team for direction on next steps for rescheduling their appointment.
- Patients attending an outpatient appointment may bring one essential care partner or have an escort. Patients who require an essential care partner should speak with the clinic ahead of the visit.
- Please note: The Oncology Clinic is continuing to limit access to essential care partners for the safety of our immunocompromised patients. If there are exceptional reasons why you require an essential care partner, please speak with your care team.
If you have questions on your upcoming appointments or procedures, please contact your care provider or clinic.
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.