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:
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)
In keeping with the hospital’s “Seven for Safety” campaign, hospital access is through seven entrances. This is designed to keep patients and staff as safe as possible. The facility map shows each of the access points.
Visitors and family members must use the Admission Draw Lab entrance after hours. The parking lot is located in front of the hospital.
Things to Know
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.