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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital

 

Visiting Hours

Medical and Surgical Units
Visiting hours are flexible

Intensive Care Units
Visits to Intensive Care Unit patients maybe limited to ten minutes each hour.

Unit 2B
Weekdays
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Weekends, Holidays
Noon to 9:00 pm


Visiting hour may be limited by:
1. Patient condition and need for rest. Visits to Intensive Care Unit patients may be limited to ten minutes each hour

2. Patient involvement in therapeutic activities. Visits to patients on Unit 2B maybe limited to: Weekdays - 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Weekends, Holidays - Noon to 9:00 pm

3. Presence of a patient roommate may require limitations based on: the condition of the roommate, need for privacy, space limitations in the room, etc.

4. The number of visitors at one time may be limited based on patient and roommate condition/needs as well as staff need for access/space.

Clergy

Members of the clergy are welcome to visit patients who are members of their particular religious group at any time at the discretion of the unit physicians or nurses.

Exceptions

Limitations are made at the discretion of the registered nurse (RN) based on patient, family and roommate needs. We apologize for any inconvenience when this occurs, and appreciate your understanding that it may be medically necessary.

VA General Visitation Policy

The medical center respects the patient's right to make decisions about his or her care, treatment and services, and to involve the patient's family in care, treatment, and services decisions to the extent permitted by the patient or surrogate decision-maker. "Family" is defined as a group of two or more persons united by blood, or adoptive, martial, domestic partnership, or other legal ties. The family may also be a person or persons not legally related to the individual (such as significant other, friend or caregiver) whom the individual considers to be family. A family member may be the surrogate decision-maker, as defined in VHA Handbook 1004.02, if authorized to make care decisions for the individual, should he or she lose decision-making capacity or choose to delegate decision making to another. The medical center allows a family member, friend or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of stay. The medical center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on other's rights or safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient's surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative. The hospital prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.