Support from Social Work
The Social Worker attends the multidisciplinary case meeting on Fridays. They then meet you and your carer or family member at the pre-admission clinic, providing you with an opportunity to debrief at a time when there is a plethora of information received about treatment. The Social Worker is able to talk over the information you have been given by the doctors, allowing you to identify any gaps in knowledge which can then be fed back to the team. Practical concerns will be identified and supports and options for assistance can be followed up. The Social Worker can also discuss stress management and relaxation techniques, carer support and balancing a cancer diagnosis with everyday life. All these interventions can allow you to have more control over this experience and be more informed about the choice you are making. This process also decreases the need for many patients to be followed up extensively in the hospital setting as any concerns can be managed early before they become immediate.
During patient hospital admission
During your admission, the Social Worker can assist to provide resources which may be of benefit to you, including information on your diagnosis and supports available. They may also be involved in facilitating, arranging and participating in family conferences to discuss issues of concern to ensure that you have a good understanding of your health care plan during your admission. Another role of the Social Worker is to provide counselling for concerns including coping with an extended hospital admission, being away from home and supports, adjusting to changes in lifestyle after surgery, dealing with loss and grief, coping during a crisis, carer stress and any other relevant issues. This is always done in a confidential manner.
If you have any questions or feel like any of the above has not been addressed, please contact the Social Work Department on (02) 9113 2494 or ask the Peritonectomy CNC to make a referral. Alternatively, during your hospital admission, please ask your nurse or ward staff to contact the Social Worker.