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Make an appointment

Find out how to make, cancel, or reschedule a primary care, mental health, or specialty care appointment at a San Francisco VA Health Care System facility.

Before you make an appointment

You can make an appointment with us if both of the below are true for you. 

  • You're enrolled in VA health care, and
  • You're registered as a patient at VA San Francisco health care

If you're not yet enrolled in VA health care 
Apply for VA health care

If you're not registered at VA San Francisco health care
Register for care here

Primary care appointments

We offer primary care services at all 10 VA San Francisco health care facilities. You can make a primary care appointment online or by phone.

Make an appointment online

Make an appointment by phone

Primary care call center


Toll free: 877-487-2838, Press 2

Mental health care, alcohol, or drug use concerns 

If you're struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, anger, or other issues, we can help. We offer mental health (also called behavioral health) counseling, psychiatric care, and treatment for problems with alcohol and other substances.

How do I talk to someone right now?

If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, connect with our caring, qualified Veterans Crisis Line responders for confidential help. Many of them are Veterans themselves. This service is private, free, and available 24/7.

To connect with a Veterans Crisis Line responder anytime day or night:

You can also:

  • Call 911.
  • Go to the nearest emergency room.
  • Go directly to your nearest VA medical center. It doesn’t matter what your discharge status is or if you’re enrolled in VA health care.
    Find your nearest VA medical center

Appointments for mental health, alcohol, or drug use concerns 

Option 1: Call Mental Health Services

Phone: 415-750-2073

Option 2: Ask any member of your health care team for a referral to mental health care

Option 3: Walk in to a VA Mental Health Same Day Clinic (available 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST, Monday – Friday except for federal holidays)

San Francisco VA Medical Center Same Day Clinic

Building 203, Ground Floor (follow signs to Mental Health Access, Reception desk GA 28)

Visit any VA Clinic (Clearlake, Eureka, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Downtown San Francisco, San Bruno, or Ukiah)

View clinic locations


Specialty care appointments

If you already have a primary care provider at San Francisco VA Health Care System, you can make a direct appointment for the specialty services listed here. You don't need to get a referral or see your primary care provider first.

For specialty care services not listed here, please contact your primary care provider for a referral.

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Preparing for your appointment

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • Your Veteran Health ID Card (VHIC). If this is your first appointment, we can help you get your picture taken for your card.
  • Cards for any other types of health coverage you may have (like Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, or private insurance plan)
  • Your appointment confirmation letter
  • List of your current medications including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and any herbal supplements

Yes, we’ll send you a reminder by phone about your appointment date, time, and location. If you have more than one appointment on the same day, you'll get a phone call for each appointment.

If you want to get reminders by text message

You'll need to sign up to opt in to this service. Visit the patient registration office at our San Francisco location. This service is free, but standard messaging rates from your mobile service provider may apply.

Once you sign up to receive text message reminders, you’ll no longer receive reminders by phone call.

If you have more than one appointment on the same day, you'll get one text reminder for all appointments. You can't cancel or reschedule appointments using our text message reminder service.

Please call the clinic where your appointment is scheduled, so we can give the appointment time to another Veteran.

  • For appointments at San Francisco: 877-487-2838, select 2
  • For mental health (behavioral health) appointments: 415-221-4810, ext. 2-4824
  • For appointments at any of our outpatient clinics: Call the clinic where you scheduled the appointment

If you miss your appointment without letting the clinic know ahead of time, we'll consider you a "no show" and you'll need to reschedule your appointment.

You can also cancel some appointments online.

Please call us as soon as you can. If you arrive more than 20 minutes late without calling ahead of time, we may have to reschedule your appointment. 

  • For appointments at San Francisco: 877-487-2838, select 2
  • For mental health (behavioral health) appointments: 415-221-4810, ext. 2-4824
  • For appointments at any of our outpatient clinic: Call the clinic where you scheduled the appointment