Screening at KHSC

Complete the Pre-screening tool

You can do your COVID-19 screening for your upcoming outpatient appointment online with the mobile screening tool.

The mobile screening tool, available in English and French, only takes a few minutes to complete and patients will receive an email with confirmation to bring with them, along with their appointment slip, to the hospital in printed form or on their mobile device.

Screening staff will validate the confirmation at entry and you will be able to go directly to your appointment.

This mobile screening must be completed a maximum of four hours before your appointment. If the screening confirmation expires, you will need to re-do the mobile screening or be screened in person (by a screener) when you arrive.

With the exception of caregivers for children, this mobile screening tool is for patients only and does not give family members or caregivers an option to pre-screen because we must continue to restrict family presence for outpatients at KHSC in order to maintain physical distancing.

To complete the mobile-screen in English, click here.

To compete the mobile screen in French, click here.

We are proactively screening everyone who enters our Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital sites. Screening helps us quickly identify patients and staff who have signs and symptoms or are at risk of having a COVID-19 infection. Please come a few minutes early for your scheduled procedure or appointment as it takes a few minutes to go through the screening process when you enter.

Registered family members must present photo identification that clearly shows face and complete first and last name.

For booked appointments, please have your appointment slip ready.

What will I be asked at screening?

You will be asked the following questions when you arrive at the Hotel Dieu Hospital or Kingston General Hospital site:

  • Do you have a fever (temperature of ≥ 37.8 C)?
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms (onset in last 7 days)?
    • New or worsening cough

    • Sore throat

    • Shortness of breath

    • Chills

    • Runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion (not due to other underlying reasons like seasonal allergies or post-nasal drip)

    • Difficulty swallowing

    • New and/or unexplained headache

    • Unexplained fatigue/malaise

    • Unexplained nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain

    • Changes in your sense of taste/smell

  • Have you been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results OR tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days (asymptomatic or surveillance testing does not apply)?
  • In the last 14 days, have you travelled outside of Canada, or been in contact with a sick traveler?
  • In the past 14 days, have you had close contact with any of the following:
    • A  sick traveler
    • Someone who is sick with a respiratory infection
    • Someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19

Close, unprotected contact is defined as having provided care, had similar close physical contact, or had lived with or otherwise had close, prolonged contact without appropriate PPE.

Asymptomatic or Surveillance testing in one of your contacts does not apply.

What if I answer yes to any of these questions?

Help us keep our staff and other patients safe by answering honestly and keeping in place any mask you are given by our screening staff until you are told to remove it by your nurse or doctor.

If you are a patient and you answer yes to any of these questions, you will be provided with a mask and you can proceed to your appointment where we will discuss your care options with you.

Visitors and support persons who answer yes to any of the questions are not permitted to enter the building.