Surgeries, Procedures and Clinic Appointments

Last Updated: 2020-08-26

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 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 team’s office and talk to the staff about options for how to proceed with your care.
  • Pre-screening: All patients, caregivers and visitors are screened for symptoms prior to surgery, procedure, clinic appointment and before entering our buildings.
  • Masks: All patients, caregivers and visitors are required to wear a mask upon entering the buildings and in all common areas. Please come to your appointment wearing a mask. If you don’t have one, one will be provided to you.
  • 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

Self-isolate

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 surgeon’s office.

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. Clinical services are gradually resuming. 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 health care team ahead of your visit.
  • Patients who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms upon arriving at the hospital may be advised to return home and contact their care team for direction on next steps for rescheduling their appointment.
  • Patients who require a care partner or escort to their appointment, should speak with the clinic ahead of the visit.

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

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.