Prepare for Your Visit - Miami VA Healthcare System
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Miami VA Healthcare System

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Prepare for Your Visit

Prepare for a visit: Everyone entering our facilities is screened, and visitors are limited. Face coverings are mandatory. Please contact us first before going to any of our locations. For some needs, you may be able to get care at home by phone or video.

Vaccination is a key tool in our fight against COVID-19. Visit our Miami VA COVID-19 Vaccines page to find out about who we are currently vaccinating and how you can get your COVID-19 vaccine.

Your Safe Care is Our Mission

If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 9-1-1 or visit an emergency room closest to you.

VA continues to be cautious as we move into the next phase of resuming additional face-to-face appointments and procedures; the following policies remain in effect:

  • Visitation Policy: No visitors, including children or babies, are allowed, although exceptions may be made in advance for end-of-life or other concerns on a case-by-case basis.
  • Designated Caregiver/Support Person for Outpatient Appointments or Procedures: One designated caregiver/support person can accompany patients requiring physical or cognitive assistance. Any caregiver or support person needs to be preapproved by your provider before your visit. If you have an upcoming medical procedure, we ask that your support person/driver wait in the designated location or in their vehicle. One of our employees will keep them informed of your progress and when it’s time to pick you up.
  • COVID-19 Screening: All individuals must pass COVID-19 screening prior to entry to our facilities. Veterans with COVID symptoms will be referred for a clinical evaluation. All other individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed in our facilities.
  • Masks: Appropriate masks must always be worn while in our facilities. Veterans and others who forget a mask will be supplied one by our staff.
  • Physical Distancing: All individuals who visit and work at our medical centers and clinics are required to practice physical distancing. Signs, floor stickers and furniture in common areas have been arranged to assist all in adhering to physical distancing requirements.
  • Face-to-face Appointments: Traditional face-to-face appointments remain limited for some services and clinics. Please contact your local facility before coming for a “walk-in” appointment. Veterans who are making or who have face-to-face appointments at our medical center or clinics should discuss restrictions and the check-in process prior to arriving for appointments.
  • 24/7 Virtual Urgent Care: The VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center is available 24/7 for urgent care needs, nurse triage and pharmacy support. Veterans can call 1-877-741-3400 to receive around-the-clock care or use the VA Health Chat app Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

If you are sick or have symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath), the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center is the best, first contact before visiting our facilities. Staff are available 24/7 for nurse advice and triage, VA Video Connect, VA Health Chat and more. Contact us at 1-877-741-3400.

Testing for COVID-19

Currently, VA is testing patients and employees who are symptomatic as well as those who are scheduled for medical procedures. We are also testing employees and residents of our Community Living Centers and other inpatient units in accordance with current CDC guidance.

Pharmacy Refills and Mail Order Prescriptions

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Veterans may have noticed increased shipping times for mail order prescriptions as more Americans are using delivery options. Re-order medication refills as early as possible. Refill requests can be made as soon as you receive a prescription. We encourage Veterans to sign up for USPS Informed Delivery and UPS MyChoice – both are free services that notify you when packages are on the way. You may also order and track certain prescriptions in MyHealtheVet. 

Safety Measures at Our Facilities  

Your safety is important to us. The following measures have been implemented:
  • All individuals are required to wear appropriate face masks (surgical/generic) while on our campuses and in our facilities; health care providers will wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Cleaning of high-touch surfaces in our facilities
  • Increased physical distancing in common areas like waiting rooms, Canteen and retail stores

What to expect when you’re here

When you come to our facilities for your appointment, things will likely look a little differently and some of our processes have changed for your continued safety.
  • Currently, access to our facility is limited for emergency care or by appointment only.
  • Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
  • If you have opted in to VEText, you will be asked to check-in using that option. Otherwise, your care team will provide instruction on check-in procedures.

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