Appointments and Prescriptions
Last update: March 2, 2021
Many in-person appointments have been changed to video or phone visits during this time. Please find answers to frequently asked questions about appointments, site consolidations and medications.
- Can I make an appointment to see a doctor if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
- Is it safe to come to an appointment at Sharp?
- Is it safe to come to Sharp for emergency care?
- Can I make a new doctor's appointment not related to COVID-19?
- What if I already have a scheduled appointment?
- Can I visit a Sharp Rees-Stealy laboratory?
- Has Sharp canceled all elective procedures?
- Are any Sharp facilities closed at this time?
- Can I refill my current prescription medications?
- Can my doctor write a note for me to return to work?
How to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
We are following state and county guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination, including phases for vaccine distribution. The County of San Diego is currently vaccinating individuals in all tiers of Phase 1A and Phase 1B. We recommend making an appointment at a County of San Diego vaccination station to receive your vaccine sooner.
Latest update on Sharp's COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
Sharp is staffing four vaccination sites for the County of San Diego. Appointments are required. These sites use the county's online scheduling system. Make your vaccination appointment. Walk-ins are not being accepted. Please keep our phone lines free for other medical needs.
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Can I make an appointment to see a doctor if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
Call your doctor's office or health care provider if you think you need to be evaluated. We will advise you on the best way to receive the care you need. If you don't have a primary care doctor, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277) to find one today.
If it's determined that you need to come to a doctor's office or other medical facility, avoid any kind of public transportation, ridesharing or taxis.
All patients and visitors are encouraged to wear their own face covering upon arrival to a Sharp facility. Patients with influenza-like illness or those wearing gaiters, bandanas, single-layer cloth masks or masks with exhalation valves will be given a standard mask.
Please do not come to the emergency room or to one of our urgent care centers unless your doctor has instructed you to do so or you feel you are having a life-threatening emergency.
If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 and inform the dispatcher that you may have COVID-19.
Is it safe to come to an appointment at Sharp?
If your doctor has recommended you schedule a medically necessary appointment not related to coronavirus at this time, know that we are taking every precaution to keep you safe.
For concerns such as a urinary tract infection, ear infection, etc., please contact your doctor's office or health care provider prior to visiting a health care facility. We will advise you on the best way to receive the care you need.
If you would like to learn about alternative ways to be seen by your doctor, please call your doctor's office. Video and phone appointments are convenient and safe.
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group patients: Some health insurance plans charge a copay and share of cost for virtual visits, similar to in-person visits. Check with your health plan for more information.
SharpCare and Sharp Community medical group patients: Our doctors offer a variety of ways to meet with you virtually. Phone and video visits are available for the same cost as an in-person visit. Please contact your doctor's office to learn about options.
Contact your doctor's office to schedule the right appointment for your needs. If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, call 911 immediately or go to a Sharp emergency room.
Is it safe to come to Sharp for emergency care?
If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, seek care right away.
At Sharp hospitals and clinics, patients with COVID-19 symptoms are treated separately from patients with other medical concerns. Your health is important to us, and we will safely get you the care you need.
- Visit the nearest emergency room for severe abdominal pain, a fracture with a bone coming through the skin, a significant head injury, sudden and severe headaches, difficulty breathing, or behavior that puts you or others at risk.
- Call 911 for life- or limb-threatening emergencies, including sudden and severe chest pain, trouble speaking or facial drooping, loss of consciousness or seizures.
- Visit an urgent care center for minor injuries, allergic reactions, urinary tract infections or other common medical issues.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary care doctor before coming to an urgent care center. Video and phone visits are available.
Can I make a new doctor's appointment not related to COVID-19?
Many doctor's offices, including Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, SharpCare and Sharp Community Medical Group-affiliated practices, have resumed in-person, routine care when medically necessary. Please contact your doctor or health care provider to advise you on the best way to receive the care you need.
What if I already have a scheduled appointment?
Your doctor is reviewing all appointments to see which may safely be rescheduled or converted to a phone or video visit. If your appointment is medically necessary, your doctor will arrange care for you in the safest way possible.
If your appointment must be rescheduled, your doctor's office will call you.
Or see a doctor at Sharp today with a virtual urgent care visit.
Can I visit a Sharp Rees-Stealy laboratory?
For your safety, please make an appointment before visiting a Sharp Rees-Stealy laboratory. You may do so in FollowMyHealth® or by calling 619-446-1543. No appointment is needed for a pickup or drop-off after 2 pm at any Sharp Rees-Stealy labs.
All patients and visitors are encouraged to wear their own face covering upon arrival. Patients with influenza-like illness or those wearing gaiters, bandanas, single-layer cloth masks or masks with exhalation valves will be given a standard mask.
Has Sharp canceled all elective procedures?
No, Sharp has not canceled all elective procedures. Sharp is following the State of California Public Health Order that directs hospitals to postpone certain surgical procedures unless a delay would create an immediate risk to the patient. Sharp and all affected California hospitals are using the American College of Surgeons' Elective Surgery Acuity Scale to guide decisions about postponing surgical procedures. The public health order was issued on Jan. 5, 2021, and will be in effect for at least three weeks.
Previously scheduled patients who are affected will be contacted by their doctor's office and/or the hospital.
Are any Sharp facilities closed at this time?
Sharp Rees-Stealy locations
Sharp Rees-Stealy locations that were temporarily closed are now open to safely and responsibly care for you. Sharp Rees-Stealy San Carlos services have been moved to Sharp Rees-Stealy Santee.
Sharp Memorial Hospital Laboratory
The main laboratory at Sharp Memorial Hospital is closed to outpatients at this time to ensure the lab has capacity to support hospital patients. If you need lab services, search for the lab closest to you.
SharpCare offices are open. However, some doctors have eliminated after-hours visits and Saturday visits until further notice. Please call your doctor's office if you have any questions about modified hours
Sharp Community Medical Group patients
Most Sharp Community doctors' offices are open with modified hours until further notice. Please contact your doctor's office before coming to your appointment to find out if there are any restrictions in place.
Can I refill my current prescription medications?
If you need a prescription refill, please contact your pharmacy. If you are out of refills, your pharmacy will contact your doctor for you. Ask your pharmacy if delivery is an option for you. Many pharmacies are waiving delivery fees at this time.
Continue to take all current medications unless otherwise directed by your doctor. You may want to consider having a two-week supply of your current medications on hand. Some health plans are allowing a 14-day supply of maintenance medications to be refilled early, which your pharmacist can assist with. Opioids, controlled substances and some other medications will continue to have refill restrictions.
Sharp Rees-Stealy pharmacies are offering free delivery on prescriptions and other essential medical supplies. Curbside pickup is also available at all seven pharmacies. Please call the pharmacy prior to arriving.
Can my doctor write a note for me to return to work?
Public Health Services have ordered that employers remove the requirement to have a doctor's note in order to return to work after recovering from a respiratory or other illness. Most doctors, including those with Sharp Rees-Stealy, SharpCare and Sharp Community medical groups, are following this protocol and will not be providing notes.
We advise you to wait until you are free from symptoms before returning to work.