All hospital staff carry a badge with their name and job title, so you can easily see what their occupation is. You can of course also ask the person directly if you are unsure about their role. Here is a list of the various professions you are most likely to encounter at the hospital.
Doctors and nurses
Doctors and nurses have the overall responsibility for you while you are in hospital.
Bioengineers visit the departments every morning to take blood samples and carry out other tests.
Radiographers prepare and carry out CT, MRI and x-ray scans of you in the Department of Radiology.
Therapeutic radiographers take pictures and prepare and carry out radiation therapy for certain illnesses.
Physiotherapists help you prevent functional problems resulting from operations, for example. They can help you to recover any loss of mobility or to learn how to live with reduced functional ability.
Occupational therapists help improve day-to-day functioning following injury or illness, and they are also able to help arrange practical assistance.
Social workers provide information about various supportive measures and can put you in contact with relevant agencies such as social services or the Health & Social Services Ombudsman.
Clinical nutritionists can help you change your diet if necessary.
Hospital chaplains have extensive experience in talking to patients and their next-of-kin. Some people may wish to speak to a minister of another faith. Hospital staff can help put you in touch with the appropriate organisation.
Medical students and specialty registrars
Medical students and specialty registrars may attend examinations and observe the care and treatment you are given during your hospital stay. We kindly ask for your co-operation and understanding.
In some departments you may come across volunteers from the Red Cross known as patient friends. Our social workers can help you establish contact with a patient friend.