Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center
In order to provide for the safety of our Veterans, their families and our staff, our current policies on visitors entering our facilities under COVID-19 restrictions:
Whether outpatient or inpatient, any Veteran, accompanying companion, or visitor who is experiencing symptoms of or screens positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed into the facility.
- If a Veteran requires assistance to complete care, one accompanying companion is allowed. The companion must be age 12 or older.
- Those undergoing same-day, outpatient procedures, are allowed one accompanying companion.
- All accompanying companions must be appropriately masked for the duration of their visit in our facilities.
Inpatients (Wichita medical center only) (Changes effective September 11, 2021):
- Visitation is currently allowed only during the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- All potential visitors must check in at the front desk of our Emergency Room (Bldg. 62) for screening.
- Visitors must be age 12 or older.
- Patients in Intensive Care (ICU) and inpatient units (Med/Surg) are allowed up to one visitor at a time. Visitors in excess of one will be asked to wait outside the facility.
- Visitors also are not allowed for patients who are COVID-19 positive or under investigation for COVID-19 infection. Exceptions can be made after medical team review.
Please contact the Community Living Center (CLC) for current rules on visitation with CLC residents.
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.