Telephones

For your convenience, every room is equipped with a telephone. Local calls may be made free of charge.

  • To make local calls in area code 202, dial 9, wait for a second dial tone, then dial the desired number.
  • To make local calls to area codes 703 or 301, dial 9, 1, area code and then the desired number.
  • To make a long distance call, dial 9, then 0, followed by the area code and number. An operator will intercept your call to obtain your credit card or home telephone number.

To provide a safe patient-care environment, the use of cell phones is limited in patient-care areas. Please maintain a distance of at least three feet between your cellular phone and any medical equipment.

Special equipment is available for hearing-impaired patients. As a hearing-impaired patient, you have the right to effective communication and equal access to the services the Hospital Center provides. The staff is ready to assist you in obtaining whatever method of communication you prefer during your stay. There is no charge for these services:

Amplified Handsets

Telephone handsets can be placed on your room phone to amplify the caller's voice. Ask the Admitting representative or your nurse to contact the Telecommunications Department at 202-877-7070 to make arrangements.

TDDs

Telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDDs) are available for use in your room. Ask the Admitting representative or your nurse to contact the Telecommunications Department at 202-877-7070 to make arrangements.

ALDs

Assistive-Listening Devices are maintained by the Hearing and Speech Department for your use. Ask your nurse to contact the department at 202-877-6717 to make arrangements.