Preparing for Your Upcoming In-Person Appointment
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Whether you are experiencing COVID-19 or non-emergency related symptoms, you can see a Virtual Urgent Care provider anytime. Our board-certified providers will be able to determine if any testing is needed and advise you on where you should go.Get Care Now
COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Patients Undergoing Surgeries and Procedures
As of June 21, fully vaccinated patients may provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before their surgery or procedure or being admitted in lieu of COVID-19 testing. Patients can show proof by presenting a vaccination card, a printout or screenshot from MyChart or a printout or screenshot of official documentation from another facility. Patients who are not fully vaccinated or who cannot show proof of vaccination will still be required to undergo a COVID-19 test before being admitted or prior to a procedure or surgery. Patients also have a choice of not sharing proof of vaccination and getting tested for COVID-19.
What Houston Methodist Is Doing to Keep You Safe
Your safety and health are our top priority. We realize you may have questions about your upcoming appointment, so we want to reassure you that we are following every safety precaution at all of our facilities. We are:
- Screening all patients when scheduling appointments for symptoms and exposure risk.
- Minimizing the number of patients we are seeing per day in our clinics by expanding virtual services and staggering in-person appointments.
- Using Centers for Disease Control-recommended testing for our employees.
- Screening all patients upon arrival with temperature checks and an exposure questionnaire.
- Wearing personal protective equipment while providing patient care.
- Redesigning waiting rooms and check-in lines to ensure social distancing.
- Implementing additional sanitation processes to disinfect all equipment and surfaces.
What You Can Do to Keep Safe
You play an important role in your own safety, so please partner with us to keep you safe before, during and after your upcoming in-person appointment. We ask you to please:
- Contact your doctor's office before your appointment if you are experiencing certain ARI (acute respiratory illness) symptoms.
- Download the MyChart app and complete the eCheck-in process prior to your visit to help expedite your check-in process.
- Review our Visitor Policy.
- Wear a mask. We strongly encourage you to bring your own mask; however, if you forget your mask or don't have time to make one (see below), we can provide one if needed.
- Learn how to make your own face covering
- Bring pertinent items needed for your appointment:
- List of medications
- Insurance card
- Form of payment
- Forms or documents needing to be signed or completed by your provider
- Medical records or images needed for your visit
- Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to undergo screening precautions.
- Remain diligent by performing proper hand hygiene, wearing face masks and practicing social distancing.
Hospital Entrance Information
If your doctor's office is located on one of our hospital campuses, please visit the following campus web pages for the most up-to-date information on hospital entrances:
- Houston Methodist Hospital
- Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital
- Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital
- Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital
- Houston Methodist West Hospital
- Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
- Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital