Social Work Services (Acute Care)

Social Work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities resolve problems that affect their well-being. Social Workers in hospitals assist patients and their families to cope with problems that accompany illness. These problems can make hospitalization more difficult and interfere with recovery.  

Social Workers provide support in coping with the stress that can go with a difficult diagnosis or treatment. They also provide counseling and guidance by talking over problems and helping find solutions. They can help with communication among patients, family and members of the health care team. They can also help to locate and arrange access to supportive services in the community such as home supports, personal care homes, long term care placement, rehabilitation as well as mental health and addictions services to name a few.

Social Workers are available to assist patients on the medicine, surgery, dialysis, intensive care, palliative care, rehabilitation, obstetrics and pediatric units as well as the Emergency Department. The Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital also offers a short term crisis intervention program to outpatients that have no access to other community resources for counseling.

Social Assistance Workers provide services that involve financial matters that may arise during a patient's hospital stay including: home oxygen, medical equipment and supplies, transfers to other hospitals, home supports, long term care, personal care homes and medical discharge costs.

Social Assistance Workers help patients and families determine if they are eligible for government subsidies and programs while ensuring the client's information is treated in the strictest confidence.

Social Work with Rehabilitative Services at Western Health offers a variety of programs throughout the region.   There are programs at three main location including Corner Brook, Stephenville-Stephenville Crossing and Port aux Basques. All programs operate from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  or 8:30 a.m. to   4:30 p.m. We strive to meet the needs of the region. A summary of programs throughout the region is provided here.  

Social Work services are available to inpatients and outpatients of the following hospitals and health centers  in the Western region:

Dr.Charles Legrow Health Care Centre, Port aux Basques, Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, Stephenville Western Memorial Regional Hospital, Corner Brook, Rufus Guinchard Health Centre, Port Saunders and Bonne Bay Health Centre, Norris Point.      

To contact, Social Work Services see below:  
  • Dr. Charles LeGrow Health Centre, Port Aux Basques, (709) 695-4530
  • Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, Stephenville, (709) 643-5111 ext. 259
  • Bay St. George Long Term Care Centre, Bay St. George, (709) 646-3265
  • Western Memorial Regional Hospital, Corner Brook, (709) 637-5371
  • Adult Rehabilitation Program, Corner Brook, (709) 637-5000 ext. 5999