During Your Hospital Stay

Accommodating Your Needs

Our patients come first. During your stay at University Hospital, we work as a team to ensure your experience meets your every need, from made-to-order meals to spiritual care. If you have special requests during your stay with us, talk to your nurse.

We’ll do everything we can to accommodate your needs.

ATM Machine

For your convenience, an ATM machine is located in the back of the cafeteria dining area and is available 24 hours a day.

Gift Shop & Hours

Our gift shop is located in the front lobby. Whether looking for a thoughtful gift for a friend or family member staying with us or something to do to pass the time, you’ll find what you need. We carry:

  • Greeting cards
  • Daily edition of San Antonio Express News 
  • Magazines
  • Fresh flowers
  • Specialty gifts
  • Grab and go snacks

Coffee & Snacks

Our Gift Shop Café offers continental style food, snacks and comforting hot beverages, including:

  • Starbucks brewed coffee
  • Sushi
  • Sandwiches
  • Pastries
  • Desserts

Gift Shop Hours

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spiritual Care & Support

Located in the main corridor on the first floor, across from the Admissions Office, the Peveto Center for Pastoral Care offers spiritual services for you and your family. We welcome patients, friends and family of any denomination. Attend one of our services or reflect quietly in a supportive environment.

Patient Meals

University Hospital patients can order meals through the At Your Request – Room Service dining program anytime the cafeteria is open. Our staff will make sure each request fits your prescribed dietary guidelines and keeps in mind any allergy alerts. A menu is available in your room.

Our skilled chefs, certified by the American Culinary Federation, prepare all meals and deliver to your room within 45 minutes. Please note doctor’s dietary and nutrition orders are taken into consideration with each request.

Receiving Mail, Flowers & Gifts

University Hospital volunteers deliver mail and flowers each day. Please check with your nurse about receiving flowers and gifts in your room.

In order to ensure gifts are delivered directly to you, family and friends should give the florist or vendor your:

  • Full name
  • Room number
  • Room phone number

Hospital Security & Safety

Hospital security and police personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your safety and security. In addition, University Health System employees are required to wear a name badge at all times to identify themselves.

Should you have any problems during your stay requiring security assistance, please call 210-358-2465.

In-Room Telephones

Telephones are located in all general patient care rooms at University Hospital.

  • To make a local call, dial “9,” then the seven-digit telephone number.
  • To place a long-distance call, dial “0” for an operator.
  • To call another individual within the hospital, dial “8” and the last four digits of the person’s hospital telephone number.

Visiting Hours & Waiting Areas

As restful periods of sleep are an important part of the healing process, we want to ensure you get plenty of rest during your hospital stay.

While we encourage patient families to stay, incoming calls are not permitted to a patient’s room between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. All incoming calls during those hours are routed to the hospital operator.

Please check with your nurse about visiting hours and authorized waiting areas for your particular floor to inform your visitors and guests.