Medical Social Work Department

The Medical Social Work Department offer psychological, emotional and practical support to patients and their families under the care of Galway Hospice.

We recognise that each individual’s experience of a serious illness is different and support from our team can make a difference.  

The Medical Social Work Department work alongside the Multidisciplinary Team and provide a counselling support service for patients and their families. We can help you talk through thoughts and feelings about illness, life changes and other challenges you may be experiencing as a result of a serious illness. We offer support and advice to parents and families in terms of communicating with children and managing difficult conversations.  

For more information on how the Medical Social Work Department can help you as a patient, carer or family member please download the Medical Social Work Department Leaflet.

Bereavement Support SERVICE

The Medical Social Work Department provides a Bereavement Support to Adults, Children and Families who have been bereaved by the loss of someone under the care of Galway Hospice. 

There is a range of supports available free of charge including:

Bereavement Support for Adults

  • Individual Counselling Support
    Telephone Support
  • Group Work
    Drop in Bereavement Support Group 'The Grief Cafe'
  • Telephone Support

Bereavement Support for Children & Families

  • Individual counselling and support to children and young people
  • Group Work
  • Support to parents in caring for bereaved children
  • Family Support

Bereavement Support Service Volunteers

  • We work alongside a team of trained Bereavement Support Service Volunteers who offer individual and telephone support to bereaved adults and assist the Medical Social Work Department in the provision of adult bereavement groups and remembrance evenings.

For more information on the Medical Social Work Department’s Bereavement Support Service, please download our information leaflet. 

To contact the Medical Social Work Department call 091 770868 or email