Screening at KHSC

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 to give yourself time 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.

Online pre-screening

You can do your COVID-19 screening for your upcoming outpatient appointment online with the mobile screening tool, available in English and French. Pre-screening only takes a few minutes.  You will receive an email with confirmation to bring with you, along with your appointment slip, to the hospital in printed form or on your 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 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.

What will I be asked at screening?

If you are a PATIENT:

  • Do you have a fever (temperature of ≥ 37.8 C)?
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms?
    • Cough

    • Sore throat

    • Shortness of breath

    • Chills

    • Changes in your sense of taste/smell

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

    • Difficulty swallowing

    • New headache

    • Unexplained fatigue/malaise

    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain

  • Have you been tested for COVID-19 due to symptoms and are awaiting results? (Asymptomatic/Surveillance testing does not apply and is not a reason for exclusion.)

  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 20 days?

  • In the last 14 days, have you travelled outside of Canada and are under quarantine?

  • In the past 14 days, have you had contact** with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or lived/worked in a facility in outbreak?

If you are a REGISTERED VISITOR:

  • Do you have a fever (temperature of ≥ 37.8 C)?
  • Do you have any of the following symptoms?
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chills
    • Changes in your sense of taste/smell
    • Runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion (not due to underlying reasons, e.g., seasonal allergies or post-nasal drip)
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • New headache
    • Unexplained fatigue/malaise
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
  • Have you been tested for COVID-19 due to symptoms and are awaiting results? (Asymptomatic/Surveillance testing does not apply and is not a reason for exclusion.)
  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 20 days?
  • In the last 14 days, have you travelled outside Canada and are under quarantine?
  • ​​In the past 14 days, have you had contact** with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or lived/worked in a facility in outbreak?
  • Have you read, and do you agree to abide by, the KHSC Guidelines for Families visiting Loved Ones during COVID-19?

**Contact: You have been advised by Public Health or your employer that you have had contact with a confirmed case OR provided care, had similar close physical contact, lived with or otherwise had close contact without appropriate Personal Protective Equipment with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

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.

Approved, registered visitors who answer yes to any of the questions are not permitted to enter the building.