Visiting Hours - VA San Diego Healthcare System
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VA San Diego Healthcare System


Visiting Hours


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.

***INPATIENT visitation is limited.  A Negative Covid-19 test (within 72 hours) or proof of full Covid-19 vaccination for ALL inpatient visitors are required.***  

(Suspended temporarily) 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.

All units are available for visits 24 hours a day with the exception of Intensive Care Unit & Direct Observation Unit (ICU/DOU) and Inpatient Psychiatry.

The ICU/DOU are open all day except between 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Inpatient Psychiatry:

  • Geriatric Psychiatry Unit (A-Pod) opens daily from 11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Admission/Step Down Unit (B-Pod/C-Pod)
              Monday - Friday, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
              Saturday/Sunday/Holiday, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Exceptions to hours will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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

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.