Department of Social welfare

Social work Department is one of the major departments at our Hospital. The Department provides social work practice and Social welfare services in different operation areas. The major role is assisting patients and families address the impact of illness and treatment. Among other major services of the department are;

Psychosocial Assessment screen for high-risk; determine need/eligibility for services; identify strengths/coping capacities; assess informal network of support.

Counseling/Psychotherapy: assess role of emotional and social/cultural factors on health status and behaviour and provide appropriate intervention; enhance coping capacities related to feelings of loss, grief and role changes; assess and intervene related to mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, anger management.

Patient/Family Education: educate patients and families to facilitate understanding of hospital processes; increase understanding of illness/disability on relationships; and facilitate life transitions when health conditions require a modified lifestyle.

Resource Counseling and Discharge Planning: identify and address barriers to discharge; locate resources; identify options and available supports; facilitate referrals and applications to government/community agencies; advocate for access to resources; coordinate referrals and/or placement plans; assist patient and family to emotionally prepare for transitions; prevent readmissions for non-medical reasons.

Supportive Care to Outpatients: assist outpatients to identify and receive appropriate resources and supports, thus enabling increased compliance with treatment and preventing crisis or unnecessary hospital admission. Consultation: provide expertise/serve as a resource to interdisciplinary teams.

The Department includes specific expertise services in areas such as general medicine, emergency work, renal, pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, neurology, psychiatry, and palliative and end-of-life care.