Social Work

What we do

The role of the Medical Social Worker is to assist patients and families resolve any social, practical or emotional difficulties that impact on their ability to cope with their illness. 

Medical Social Workers also facilitate discharge and liaise with members of community services, both statutory and voluntary, to arrange services for patients.
The Medical Social Worker provides a safe, confidential and supportive service.

Part of SCOPe Managment Unit

Contact Details

Opening hours 8.30 am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday

Postal address:
Medical Social Work Department,
St. James’s Hospital,
Dublin 8

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Ms Paula Markey Principal Medical Social Worker (01) 416 2565 / 2566


Social Work Reception   (01) 416 2565 / 2566  01 410 3431

Appointment Instructions

If you wish to make an appointment to see a Medical Social Worker you can contact the Social Work Department directly and they will give you the contact number for the relevant MSW and /or ask the MSW to make contact with you.  Each Medical Social Worker keeps their own appointments.

Referral Procedure

Referrals are made by Nursing staff or Medical teams. 
Patients can ask nurses and/or doctors to arrange for them to see a Medical Social Worker. Patients or family members can also contact the Social Work Department directly to make an appointment.