James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital - Tampa, Florida
Visiting Hours and Policies
Regular visiting hours for the hospital are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week for all person(s) other than relatives and significant others. Family and significant others of all patients are permitted visitation 24 hours a day seven days a week, unless there are extenuating medical circumstances that limit visitation at a particular time. All visitors from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. must sign in with the VA Police, present appropriate identification, and indicate the name of the patient he/she will be visiting. The VA police will verify the person indicated is a current inpatient and appropriately provide a visitor’s tag to all patient visitors.
The following exceptions to this policy are recognized and will be enforced accordingly:
- Haley’s Cove Community Living Center: Unlimited visitation is permitted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., including healthy children. Visitation outside the regular visiting hours in nursing home can be made by contacting the nurse manager or designee in charge.
- Emergency Department: Visitors will be permitted to see patients at the discretion of the Emergency Department staff.
- Intensive Care Units: Immediate family members may visit at any time, based on the condition of the patient. Visits are limited to two people at a time and visitors are required to call the nursing station from the waiting room before entering the unit to visit.
- Mental Health Service/Acute Recovery Center: Relatives or significant others of current patients are authorized visitation based on the treatment schedule. The Associate Chief of Staff/Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences will approve unit visitation hours and assure current visitation schedule is posted.
Children may be visitors to the units. Please check with nursing staff before a child is brought into your room. For the sake of the child and other patients, never leave the child unattended in the building or on hospital grounds. Children, for their own protection, will not be allowed into respiratory isolation rooms.
Visitors should be free of illnesses when visiting the hospital, as to not compromise the recovery of other patients. Unless otherwise specified, visitors are typically limited to two at a time.
For the health and well-being of a patient, the attending physician may limit, restrict or deny visitation. We apologize for any inconvenience when this occurs, and appreciate your understanding that it may be medically necessary.
Visitors may not bring food or beverages to patients without authorization from unit physicians or nurses.
For privacy reasons, visitation by the general public (i.e. media, Veterans Service Organization members, community representatives, etc.) requires prior written approval from the Director and patient’s next of kin. (HPM 136-02)
All entrances are open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. except the entrance next to the Emergency Department), which is open 24 hours a day.
Things to Know
- Do not use alcohol or illegal drugs and do not gamble here while on VA property.
- Do not enter areas that are posted “No Patients Beyond This Point.”
- Please be considerate of others while you are here. Keep your voices quiet and the television and radio volumes low so you do not disturb other patients. If anyone bothers you by using a loud voice or bad language, let a nurse know.
- Do not tape record or videotape any conversations with the health care team or other patients without their written permission.
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.
Do not smoke anywhere in our buildings or near the entrances to the buildings. We are a smoke-free environment. Designated smoking areas are located in designated areas outside the buildings. If you smoke within the hospital, you are subject to fines and other disciplinary actions.
Do not bring any weapons onto VA property. Everyone is subject to inspection of all packages in their possession. Refusal of consent to inspection is basis for denial of entry onto VA property. If you have any weapons, you must give them to the VA Police to hold during your stay here.
The hospital allows a family member, friend, or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of the stay. (Note: The hospital allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on others' rights, 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.