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Helena VA Clinic

Location and contact information

  • Everyone must wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
  • We may screen you for COVID-19 symptoms at the entrance.
  • Approved visitors only. Ask your care team who can visit.
  • Ask your team about phone or video appointment options.

Check on Mondays for each facility’s latest guidelines.

Address

2271 Deerfield Lane
Helena, MT 59601-8643

Phone numbers

Main phone: 406-447-7443

Clinical hours

  • Mon: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tue: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wed: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thu: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat: Closed
  • Sun: Closed
Exterior photo of the Helena VA Sleep Clinic in Helena, Montana.

Prepare for your visit

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Pre-Screening:

All Montana VA staff, contractors, patients, volunteers and visitors must be pre-screened for COVID-19 before entering a VA facility. This is a CDC and Veterans Health Administration requirement meant to help protect the health and well-being of Veterans as well as staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors.

 

MTVAHCS Policy for Allowing Visitors

  • All visitors and authorized contractors are required to follow MTVAHCS’s COVID mitigation polices. 
  • Visitors must wear a medical grade face mask for the duration of the visit to the facility.  The medical grade face mask must cover the nose, chin, and mouth.  If the visitor is not able to follow the face mask requirement, they will be asked to leave the building. Face coverings must be medical grade. Gaiters, shields, or cloth masks are not permitted.
  • Minors under the age of 18 years must follow CDC guidelines for masking and guidance. Minors over two years of age must wear a face mask.
  • Visitors and caregivers are discouraged unless the person accompanying the Veteran is necessary for the care and transport of the patient.
  • If a Veteran refuses to wear a mask, telephone or VVC should be offered. If a clinician determines the Veteran requires in-person care, offer a face shield. Ensure the Veteran may safely wait outside until they can be seen and leave as soon as the visit is completed. Staff interacting with the Veteran must use appropriate PPE.

 

Mask Wear is Required:

By direction of the CDC and VHA, anyone entering a VHA facility is required to wear a mask indoors. This includes staff, volunteers, trainees, and contractors regardless of vaccination status. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 must also wear a mask after exiting a VA medical facility unless six feet of distance can be maintained between the unvaccinated individual and any other individual.

Medical grade masks should be provided at each Montana VA clinical location. All masks provided by MTVAHCS are FDA approved.

Outside of emergency situations, Montana VA strongly encourages each Veteran to wear a mask or try to utilize another means of obtaining services, such as telehealth. Face shields are not adequate when used alone and are not a sufficient form of infection control against COVID.

Please note there are always exceptions. However, if a Veteran refuses to comply with the masking policy, we may have to ask them to leave. If you have questions, or would like to discuss your specific circumstances, please reach out to the clinic staff prior to your visit.

 

Mask Courtesy:

At Montana VA, we all share in the responsibility of keeping Veterans, staff, and visitors safe. Please, politely remind others, and be gracious if you are reminded to wear a mask.

 

 

How to prepare

●   Please bathe the day of your study. Hair should be clean and dry. Do not use any styling products. Do not use body lotions or oils.

●   Men: if you usually shave, it is helpful if you shave before your study.

●   Avoid napping the day of your study.

●   Avoid caffeine after 2 p.m. the day of the study.

●   Do not wear cologne, aftershave, or other scented products as some veterans and staff are sensitive or allergic to fragrances and chemical odors.

What to bring

●   Your own medications. This is an outpatient test, and we are unable to provide any medications for you. Do not take any of your medications that make you drowsy until talking to your technician.

●   Pajamas –You must wear a top and bottom to bed. A T-shirt and either outerwear shorts or pajama bottoms are fine. (Wearing underwear only or sleeping nude is not permitted.)

●   If you wear CPAP or BiPAP, bring your machine, power cord, mask, headgear, and hose.  Be sure the humidifier chamber is empty before packing.

●   You may bring your own pillow for comfort if you wish.

●   Your completed sleep questionnaires

Cost: Free

Wheelchair availability: Helena VA Clinic has wheelchairs available upon arrival for patients who need them to access the building.

Van services for Veterans

DAV vans

Hours: individual van schedules vary

We work with Disabled American Veterans and county Veterans Affairs directors to provide transportation for Veterans and authorized caregivers to get to scheduled medical appointments.

Non-DAV van services

Many localities in the region provide other van services to Veterans.

Learn more about DAV and the other van services available in your county

Beneficiary travel

Beneficiary travel benefits include round-trip transportation from your home to the medical center, mileage reimbursement, or special mode transport. 

Find out if you qualify for beneficiary travel benefits

In the spotlight at VA Montana health care

Health services offered here

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Sleep medicine

Common conditions: insomnia, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, sleepwalking

The sleep medicine service diagnoses and treats your sleep problems, including trouble sleeping, breathing difficulties while sleeping, snoring, teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Contact information

Hours

  • Mon. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tue. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wed. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thu. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sat. Closed
  • Sun. Closed

Appointments

Contact us to schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. If a referral is required, you’ll need to contact your primary care provider first.

Referral required? Yes

Walk-ins accepted? No

Care we provide at the VA Montana Sleep Disorders Center

At various points in our lives, all of us suffer from a lack of sleep. But, if you are spending enough time in bed and still wake up tired or feel very sleepy during the day, you may have a sleep disorder. We can help. Our sleep specialists can:

  • Conduct sleep tests either at home or in the lab as determined by a sleep provider
  • Diagnose and treat sleep apnea and other sleep disorders
  • Monitor your blood oxygen levels
  • Monitor your heart rate and rhythm
  • Evaluate possible causes for your excessive sleepiness
  • Work with your doctors if you need surgery or dental appliances to help you get a good night’s sleep
  • CPAP support and compliance is available at several sites across the state.

More information about the VA Montana Sleep Disorders Center

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