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New Mexico VA Health Care System

 

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.

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, marital, 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 others' 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.

Visiting Hours

  • Medical & Surgical Units - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. daily
  • Spinal Cord Injury Unit - 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 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. - 9:00 p.m. daily
  • Domiciliary & Behavioral Health Units - Please call 265-1711 for current visiting hours.
  • If you are unable to visit a patient personally, you will need to provide the Hospital Operator with the patient's full name.  The Operator will connect you to the patient's room.

Please send cards or letters using the patient's full name. 
Address:
Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center
1501 San Pedro SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
 
Number of Visitors - A patient may receive no more than two visitors at a time.
 
Children Under 10 Years of Age - Children under 10 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 10 may visit with the permission of the Physician and the Charge Nurse. An adult must accompany children at all times.

Food and Beverages - Visitors may not bring food or beverages to patients without authorization from unit physicians or nurses.
 
Clergy - The Chapel, located on the second floor of Building 41, is a sanctuary for meditation, prayer and worship.  Contact Chaplain Service at 265-1711, extension 2735, to speak with a Chaplain or to arrange for care from your respective spiritual community.
 
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.