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Social services information for patients

Supporting patients to leave hospital 

  • Location

    Social work department
    Ground floor
    Governors' Hall Suite
    South Wing
    St Thomas' Hospital
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7EH

    Tel: 020 7188 6199/8

    Open: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday

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    Map to social services (PDF 47Kb)

What can social workers do?

We offer advice and support to patients, their family and carers. This can include care home placements, advice on accommodation or benefits you may be entitled to and assessments for community care services, such as meals on wheels and domestic support.

The care you can expect

If your nurse thinks you need a care package for when you leave hospital (known as being discharged from hospital), he/she will refer you to the social work services team.

A social worker will see you on the ward a couple of days before your planned discharge date. He/she will work with the team caring for you and your relatives/friends if needed.