Hospital Social Work

Hospital social workers help patients, carers and families to deal with the consequences of illness and disability by providing advice, information and support.

The hospital social worker will assist patients to organise services required for discharge to ensure patients are discharged safely and in a timely manner. Patients unable to return home will be assisted in finding alternative accommodation such as nursing or residential homes. Intermediate Care services can be accessed for those patients in need of rehabilitation on discharge.

How to Access the Service:

Patients, families or carers should contact the social work department located in each hospital in the Belfast Trust. While you are in hospital as a patient, you can ask any member of the medical or nursing team to be referred to the social work department.

Eligibility Criteria
Anyone who believes they are in need of support or is experiencing difficulties because of their hospitalisation.