Information for patients undergoing surgery or procedures during COVID-19

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 you minimize your risk. 

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


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

Monitor symptoms

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

Pre-operative COVID-19 testing

Your surgeon’s office will schedule you for a COVID-19 test two to four days before your surgery. Please provide your surgeon’s office with your correct cell phone number and email so that you can be automatically contacted with your test appointment information. You will receive an email and SMS text message the night before your test.

COVID-19 testing for surgical patients is done in the pre-anesthesia clinic in room MG-402. Please enter the hospital through the main entrance and take the elevators or stairs one floor down to receive your test. There is paid parking available in the parking garages at M-Wing.

After your COVID-19 test, you are required to self-isolate until the day of your surgery. During this period of self-isolation, if you interact with anyone at any time, you and the other person must both wear a mask or face covering. This includes your family and any people you live with.

Please note that COVID-19 test results are only valid for 5 days following the test. If your test results are older than 5 days, the results are considered invalid and you will be required to book another test.

Day of procedure or surgery

  • Plan to have someone plan to drop you off at the M1 (main) entrance and a volunteer will assist you in getting to the preoperative areas if necessary
  • Your belongings will be kept in a locker during your surgery
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19
  • Wear a mask
  • Do not take public transportation
  • Your loved ones can remotely monitor your progress during surgery using your unique patient identifier number
  • If you or your loved ones require a language interpreter, you can book one online


Because companions are not allowed in the hospital on the day of surgery, your belongings will be placed in a secure locker for the duration of your procedure. Do not bring valuables to the hospital.

If you are going home the day of surgery, your belongings will be placed in an individual locker. Your belongings will be returned to you once you  arrive on the post-operative unit after surgery.

If you are being admitted to the hospital after surgery, your belongings will be placed in a tagged bag, which is then placed in a secure locker area. After surgery, a patient service partner will deliver your belongings to you on your post-operative unit.

Monitoring your surgery status online

If you have provided an email address or cell phone number to your care team, you will receive a text message and email one business day before surgery with your unique patient identifier number. Your family members can use this unique identifier to follow your surgical status at sunnybrook.ca/ORstatus on the date of the procedure.

If your patient identifier number has been lost, please call 416-480-6100 ext. 4240 and speak to the patient administrative associate to obtain your number.


In order to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, Sunnybrook is limiting the number of visitors in the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means any family members or companions will not be able to accompany you on the day of surgery, except in special circumstances

We understand that this is a difficult change, but it is an important precaution put in place to ensure the safety of all those at Sunnybrook, including our sickest and most vulnerable patients.

If you want 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.

» Learn more about our visitor policy during the COVID-19 pandemic