Updated May 22, 2020
At VCU Health, patient safety and comfort have always been our top priority.
With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we understand you may have concerns about coming to a medical facility. We want you to know that we have intensified our already rigorous protocols and precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and employees.
On-site patient services
Our doors are open for safe, routine patient services. These include:
- Office visits
- Routine tests
- Emergency room care
- Inpatient and outpatient surgeries, including complex and non-emergency (elective) surgeries
- Cardiac catheterizations
- Inpatient rehabilitation
As you return to our care, you can be sure that VCU Health is committed to being there for you with:
- A highly clean environment with safety protocols put in place
- Compassionate expert caregivers
- Plenty of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- The latest medical equipment
- A full supply of medicines
Our safety practices include:
- Separate locations for potential COVID-19 patients from those with other conditions.
- Regular screening for all patients.
- Sanitation of all places and objects patients and staff encounter as well as extra hand-washing stations.
- Enforcement of social distancing in waiting rooms and other public spaces across our facilities.
- Our staff wear face masks and other personal protective equipment when caring for patients.
- All patients and visitors to wear a mask. Masks are required and will be provided to anyone who needs one.
We require on-site screening and testing for COVID-19:
- Screening refers to a series of questions asked to determine your risk for COVID-19. They include questions about symptoms, travel history and exposure to someone who has been confirmed to have the virus.
- Testing is done only after screening. This involves taking a nasal swab and sending it to the lab for testing.
For your safety, we screen everyone for coronavirus symptoms at our entrances. We also test every patient for COVID-19 before undergoing surgery or being admitted to the hospital.
How many visitors can patients have?
Visitor restrictions remain in place so that we can continue maintaining the highest levels of safety throughout our hospitals and clinics. For inpatients, we are suspending all in-person visits to hospitalized patients (inpatients) for the duration of the pandemic. Exceptions include:
- For patients in the Labor and Delivery and Mother Infant units: One adult visitor, 18 years or older, permitted per patient
- For pediatric patients in all units: One adult visitor, 18 years or older, permitted per patient per day
- For non-COVID-19 patients who are at the end of life: The number of visitors is determined by the patient's care team.
- Children under age 18 are permitted to visit a parent or primary caregiver.
- Children must screen negative for COVID-19 symptoms.
- Children 3 years or older must wear a face mask.
- COVID-19 positive patients at the end of life are allowed one adult visitor, 18 years of age or older.
You can view the full visitor policy here.
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
The following guidelines are in place for outpatient clinic appointments:
- To help keep the number of people in our environment as low as possible, we encourage adult patients to attend their appointments alone if possible.
- Adult patients can bring one person along if they require assistance, and pediatric patients can bring two adult companions.
When can I be seen in person?
- If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911. Our emergency room is always open.
- If you had a procedure or surgery canceled, we will be reaching out with instructions about how to reschedule your treatment as soon as it is available.
- While some procedures will begin immediately, there might be wait times for others. Our care teams are evaluating each individual case to safely prioritize scheduling.
- For people with critical or chronic conditions like organ failure, cancer or heart problems, we have remained open to care for these patients during the pandemic outbreak and will continue to do so.
If you prefer, you can visit your doctor by a virtual visit. Our patient access representatives will work with you to schedule an appointment and will help you with the VCU Health Anywhere telehealth app.
You will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to your in-person appointment and will be given a mask to wear if you did not bring one from home.
For questions related to an upcoming appointment, please contact (804) 828-7929. Call (804) 828-CHOR (2467) for questions about a pediatric visit. Existing patients can also send a message through the My VCU Health patient portal.
Our downtown valet services have opened, with a few changes:
- Gateway valet opens for surgeries at 5 a.m.
- The Ambulatory Care Center valet opens for surgeries at 5:30 a.m.
- Massey and the Children’s Pavilion continue to be self-park only.
Learn more about our resumption of non-emergency (elective) surgeries and services, and how we're keeping you safe.