Balcones Heights VA Clinic - South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)
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South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS)

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Balcones Heights VA Clinic

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Balcones Heights Outpatient Clinic

San Antonio, Texas (March 16, 2020) - The South Texas Veterans Health Care System is taking extra precautions aimed at limiting exposure risk to Veterans, volunteers, employees, and visitors.
Veterans who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19, flu, or cold should call 877-537-7348 before coming to the VA. Clinical staff are available to provide 24/7 virtual care and support, including nurse advice and triage. This service is available at no cost to Veterans enrolled for VA health care.
The South Texas Veterans Health Care System includes the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center in San Antonio; the Kerrville VA Medical Center and the following outpatient and contract clinics:
• Frank M. Tejeda Outpatient Clinic
• North Central Federal Clinic
• Balcones Heights Outpatient Clinic
• Shavano Park Outpatient Clinic
• South Bexar Outpatient Clinic
• Victoria Outpatient Clinic
• Data Point Outpatient Clinic
• Northeast 410
• Northwest 410
• Pecan Valley
• New Braunfels
• Southwest Military
• Seguin
• Beeville

To minimize risk for employees and Veterans, everyone who enters the South Texas Veterans Health Care System campuses will be pre-screened. This may lengthen entry times, so patients are advised to allow for that when arriving for their appointments.

The screening consists of three questions:

1. Do you have a fever or worsening cough or shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms?
2. Have you or a close contact traveled to an area with widespread or sustained community transmission of COVID-19 within 14 days of symptom onset?
3. Have you been in close contact with someone, including health care workers, confirmed to have COVID-19?

The staff welcomes you to the Balcones Heights Outpatient Clinics. Please take a few minutes to read the  following information that explains our office procedures and describes how to obtain high quality medical care, 24-hours-a-day, 7 days a week.

Primary care is when one provider coordinates all your medical care. You will usually see this provider, however; when needed, you will be referred for specialty tests or treatment.  Reports of this care are returned to the primary care provider, who can coordinate all your care.

In addition to primary care, this clinic has mental health, social work, and laboratory services available to eligible Veterans. Please ask your primary care provider for more information.

The Balcones Heights VA Outpatient Clinc does not provide after hours care. The clinic closes at 4:30 p.m. weekdays and is closed weekends and holidays. Tele-Care is available, providing 24-hour telephone medical advice to Veteran-patients. This service has bilingual capability and provides prompt, reliable, and courteous answers to patients' questions. Calling the VA's toll free number at 1-888-686-6350 can access this service.

We operate on scheduled appointments.   Please make sure you know your next appointment date before you leave.

Report to the clinic 15 - 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time to park your car and register with the receptionist.

Please call our main clinic number (210) 732-1802, when you need to cancel or change appointments.  If possible, please reschedule at that time.  Scheduling hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday, except on Federal Holidays.

You are encouraged to keep all scheduled appointments.  Failure to report as scheduled can result in your not receiving treatment and medications necessary to your health.

Give your current telephone number and address to the clinic clerk at each visit.  Please bring all your insurance information to each visit.

If you do not have an appointment, please call the clinic before you come.  This can prevent unnecessary waiting after you arrive.  Sometimes your problem can be taken care of by telephone and you can avoid a trip.

Adequate parking is adjacent to the building to accommodate your needs.

All VA prescribed medications and supplies may be obtained through the VA Pharmacy.  The Balcones Heights Outpatient Clinic does not have an in house pharmacy.  All refills are obtained through the mail.  You are responsible for requesting your refills at least 10-14 days before your last dose is taken.  Refill requests are made by using our 24 hour TeleMed refill service.  A touch tone telephone is required.  The TeleMed local telephone number is . The toll free long distance number is 1-800-209-7377.

TeleMed instructions:
A touch-tone phone is necessary.  Tele-Med will ask for the following:
1. Social security number (followed by the # sign)
2. Prescription number - numeric part only (followed by the # sign)
* Please have your information ready before you call.

In order to receive your medications promptly, you should enter prescription numbers as soon as possible. Your prescription will be mailed out 10 days before you run out.

Inform the clinic of any address changes. If the medication does not arrive as expected, call the Tele-Med number and the computer will prompt you with information. If you have further questions, call the clinic number and ask to speak with a pharmacist. 


Open Access Scheduling is a patient-friendly system that will allow you to schedule an appointment with your provider in a timely manner. Our goal is to schedule you within five to seven days of your appointment request, at a time that both convenient for you and for your provider.

How does the Open Access Scheduling System work?
* At the end of each visit, your provider will determine whether a follow up visit is required.
* If a follow-up visit is required, then your provider will recommend an approximate date for your next visit.
* If your provider wants you to return within 30 days, we will schedule an appointment before you leave the clinic
* If the recommended return date is beyond 30 days, we will mail a reminder letter two weeks prior to that date, advising you to call for an appointment.
* When you call, every effort will be made to schedule you within five to seven working days.
* If you develop a medical problem prior to your next scheduled visit, you may call the Team Nurse for direction, (210) 732-1802 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday
* If you do not receive a reminder letter and you believe the time has passed to schedule an appointment, please call: (210) 732-1802.


For more information, contact the Health Benefits Advisor at (210) 699-2133
South Texas Veterans Health Care System toll free at 1-877-469-5300