Whom will you meet at the hospital?

Here you will find information about whom you will meet at the hospital and about some of the rules that we ask our patients to observe. Many patients are unable to plan for their hospital stay because they are admitted for emergency treatment. If you have been given an advance appointment, however, it can be a good idea to make some preparations.

​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 

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 

Occupational therapists help improve day-to-day functioning following injury or illness, and they are also able to help arrange practical assistance.

Social workers

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 

Clinical nutritionists can help you change your diet if necessary.

Hospital chaplains

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.

Patient friends 

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.​

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