Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
Click here to read the Medical Center Memorandum about Administrative and Visitng 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.
Number of Visitors
As of March 25, 2020:
The Central Virginia VA Health Care System and its community-based outpatient clinics are actively screening everyone at entrances to ensure that we are maintaining as safe an environment as possible. We have also temporarily suspended visitation to the Community Living Center and Spinal Cord Injury & Disorder units and all 4th floor units until further notice.
Additionally, we ask that patients bring only one essential caregiver/family member with them to their appointment unless they need assistance ambulating or wayfinding due to a health or mental condition. If a patient needs assistance, then they will be permitted a plus one (and only one; others will be asked to remain outside the facilities). No visitors to any inpatient ward except to see critically ill patients who may be toward the end of life (this will be the attending physician’s decision). Only one visitor at a time will be permitted to see a critically ill patient. If possible, the critically ill patient should be limited to one visitor daily.
Visitors are not to come socialize, shop, eat, etc. at our facilities. Staff may come to work, patients may come for an appointment, and contractors may deliver supplies and perform work, but everybody else needs to stay away from the premises until further notice unless you have official business to conduct. At this time children under the age of 18 are currently not being permitted to enter our facility.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Food and Beverages
Visitors may not bring food or beverages 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 with younger children 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.
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.
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.
Medical and Surgical Units
11:30 a.m. - 8:15 p.m. daily
Intensive Care Units
Two members of the immediate family (or significant others) may visit for 15 minutes at:
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.,
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.,
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.,
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.,
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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.