Visitor Information - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Visitor Information


For continued health and safety during the pandemic, visitors (including minor children) are not permitted in our medical facilities. Everyone who does enter must have an appointment – including those coming for COVID-19 vaccinations – unless the patient requires a caregiver’s assistance during their appointment.  Please check our Prepare for Your Visit COVID-19 page for additional information.

Food and Beverages

Visitors may not bring food or beverages to patients without authorization from unit physicians or nurses.

Lost and Found

Please contact the lost & found/patient effects representative at (858) 646-2888. if you lose any personal items or need to have your personal effects returned to you. If after hours, please contact the Medical Administrative Officer of the Day (MAOD) at 858-552-8585, ext. 4344.


VA San Diego Healthcare System has a Police Service. Our officers provide 24-hour patrols of the facility and parking lots. For general police assistance, please dial x3931. In case of an emergency, dial x3647. Report all suspicious or criminal activity, vehicle accidents, and personal property losses to the VA Police while on the facility grounds as soon as possible.

Because the VA San Diego Healthcare System is federal property, all persons and bags are subject to search. In addition, no weapons, alcohol, or illegal drugs are permitted.


The San Diego VA Medical Center is smoke-free. Smoking is prohibited anywhere indoors and near all entrances and exits. There are, however, two designated smoking areas on facility grounds. One is in the Rose Garden, across the circle from the Spinal Cord Injury Center and east entrance, and the other is located outside on the second floor, north wing. Look for signs marking designated smoking areas.


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.