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G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center

 

Visitor Information

Clothing Valuables

We encourage you to bring pajamas, or other sleepwear, with you to the medical center.  We recommend you not bring valuables, such as money, credit cards, jewelry, etc.  The medical center is not responsible for loss or theft of these items.  Patients generally find that $5 "pocket money" is adequate for the daily newspaper, Canteen items, etc.  Canteen coupon books are available for your convenience and can be purchased in 50-cent increments.

Identification

Upon admission to the medical center, an identification band will be fastened to your wrist. This wristband must be worn at all times (while you are hospitalized), as treatment cannot be given to you without proper identification. Please check your band to ensure your name and social security number are correct.  If information is incorrect, or if this band becomes damaged, please tell your unit clerk or nurse. In an emergency, this could save your life.

Medication

You are encouraged not to bring your medications with you to the hospital. Any drugs you bring will, upon admission, be turned in to Pharmacy for security, pending instructions from your physician. Every effort will be made to return your medications to a family member. Any medication not sent home with family member(s) will be stored in Pharmacy for at least one month or until picked up by you. After this time VA issued medications will be destroyed and privately purchased drugs will be mailed to your home.

Prohibited Articles

For the safety and protection of others, we strongly urge each patient to dispose of weapons prior to seeking admission to the medical center. Should it not be possible for you to do so, weapons must be surrendered to the VA Police for safekeeping until you are discharged. Lighter fluid and alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and destroyed.

Conduct and Behavior

Please be considerate of others and help us maintain a quiet atmosphere.  Regulations do not permit the use of loud, abusive, or profane language; loud music or televisions; gambling; soliciting; bartering; selling, use or possession of intoxicants or unauthorized drugs.  If you should observe such misconduct by anyone, please report it to a unit nurse.  Patients may be given an irregular hospital discharge from the medical center for any of the following reasons:

  • violation of medical center rules
    leaving against medical advice (AMA)
  • leaving the premises without authorized leave (AWOL)
  • not returning by the stated time when on a pass
  • noncompliance with a treatment plan aggressive and or/abusive conduct towards other patients, visitors, or staff
  • using or possessing intoxicants or unauthorized drugs

Discharge

The doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and social worker on your unit will be planning your discharge with you.  If you have any special concerns about leaving the medical center, please let them know.  If you need a "return to work statement," please discuss this with your doctor before leaving the hospital.

When you are told you are going to be discharged, there may be certain information you need to know.  Your physician, nurse, or other health professional will provide this information including:

  • What illness you were treated for;
  • What things might improve or worsen your condition;
  • What symptoms to report to a physician and how to contact him or her, if necessary, after discharge
  • What activities you should and should not do;
  • What care is needed for any tubes or dressings;
  • What treatments you should continue at home, for how long and how often;
  • What diet to follow and what foods you can and can't eat;
  • What medication to take and how to take it;
  • Any special instructions for taking your medication as well as possible side effects;

Also, be sure you have:

  • A friend or family member who knows how to help you in your care at home;
  • Transportation arranged to get home and to return for appointments;
  • Supplies/equipment you will need at home;
  • Medications you are to take home and information regarding how to get your medications refilled;
  • A clinic appointment if your doctor wants you to return for follow-up.

Checking Out

Please withdraw any funds you have placed on deposit with the agent cashier on the first floor of the main hospital building during regular operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Check with your nurse before you leave for any other discharge instructions.

Check Cashing

Patients and family members may cash personal checks in the VA Canteen Retail Store. Checks may be cashed for as much as $25. A canteen employee will call your bank to verify adequate funds before accepting the check.

Barber Shop

The barber shop is open Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The barber cuts hair on the wards and nursing home on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The cost is as follows:   Haircut - $8.00, Shave - $4.25, Shampoo - $3.25.

Library

The library contains a variety of bestsellers, newspapers, and magazines, as well as health information written at the layman's level on a number of diseases, procedures, medications, and natural products.  There is one computer with Internet access and word processing software dedicated for use by patients.  Between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays, patients may check their email accounts and search for health information from MyHealtheVet, the Internet health portal for veterans, or MedlinePlus, the government's consumer health web site.  The library is located in the basement between the Laboratory and X-Ray, in Room F-26.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Newspapers

Daily newspapers in vending machines are available outside the front entrance and urgent care.

Lost and Found

Lost and found is located in the telephone operator's office behind the information desk in the hospital lobby, room L-105.  It is open seven days per week 24 hours per day.

Mail

Your mail will be delivered to you on your unit. All mail received after you have been discharged will be forwarded to your home address.  It is, therefore, important to ensure that we have your current address.  Mail sent to you while a patient should be addressed as:

(Your Full Name, Unit and Bed Number)
G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center
1500 E. Woodrow Wilson Dr.
Jackson, MS 39216-5199

Notary Service

Notary services are available for inpatients. Please check with the clerk at the nursing station on your unit.

Televisions

Television sets are provided for your entertainment and comfort. Televisions should be turned off by 11:30 p.m.

The following are TV channels available for viewing in your room. If you have any comments or your television is not working properly, please contact your nurse or the unit clerk.

WLBT, CH. 3 (NBC)

CH. 2

In-House Patient Education CH. 14
WAPT CH. 16 (ABC)

CH. 4

Discovery Channel CH. 15
SWANK Patient Education CH. 5 USA CH. 16
WB CH. 40 CH. 6 Trinity CH. 17
PBS CH. 29 CH. 7 FOX News CH. 18
WTBS CH. 8 FOX CH.19
WGN CH. 9 UPN CH. 27 (WXMS) CH. 20
ESPN CH. 10 TNT CH. 21
CNN CH. 11 Weather Channel CH. 22
WJTV CH. 12 (CBS) CH. 13 Discovery Health CH. 23
The Learning Channel CH. 24    

Religious Services

Your spiritual welfare is of primary concern to our Chaplain Service staff. Our chaplains are on duty seven days a week, visit the units daily and are available for private consultation. If you should desire a special visit, please ask your nurse to call the Chaplain Service to make arrangements. The Chapel is on the first floor and is open 24 hours a day for prayer and meditation.

Protestant Worship Services         Catholic Worship Services
Sunday in the Chapel                          Sunday in the Chapel
9:30-10:00 a.m. Bible Study               8:30 - 9:00 a.m. 
10:00-11:00 am. Worship Service