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Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center

 

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours are based on the needs of the patient, and visitors are encouraged to discuss any special visiting needs with the unit's head nurse. Whenever possible and medically appropriate, the nurse will coordinate special visiting arrangements to meet patient and family needs. On most inpatient and residential units, hours are 8:00am to 8:00pm daily. The acute psychiatry inpatient unit offers visiting hours Monday thru Friday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, and weekends and holidays from 1:00pm thru 8:00pm. The hospice unit accepts visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whenever possible and medically appropriate, Patient Care Services will coordinate special visiting arrangements to meet patient and family needs. Please coordinate this through the unit staff.

The hospital allows a family member, friend, or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of 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.

If you are unable to visit a patient personally, you may call the patient or send a card or gift.

Number of Visitors

A patient may receive no more than two visitors at a time.

Hospice

Hospice patients may receive visitors 24 hours a day. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Pets on a leash may visit.

Food and Beverages

Visitors may not bring food or beverages, cigarettes, over the counter medication, or prescription medication to patients without authorization from unit physicians or nurses.

Children Under 12 Years of Age

Children under 12 may not visit inpatients. Unless otherwise specified by a physician or charge nurse, inpatients may visit in the waiting rooms provided by the elevator lobbies.

In extreme circumstances, children under 12 may visit with the permission of the physician and the charge nurse. An adult must accompany children at all times.

Due to treatment needs, some units have higher visitor age limits, varying visiting hours and policies. Each unit's support staff, charge nurse or the medical center's telephone operator can provide particulars to the visitor age policy.

Clergy

Members of the clergy are welcome to visit patients at any time at the discretion of the unit physicians or nurses.

Exceptions

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.

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.