New social worker starts at Griffith Base Hospital

FILLING THE GAP: Griffith Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) Chair Margaret King with new social worker Sheridan McGregor. PHOTO: Jacinta Dickins.

FILLING THE GAP: Griffith Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) Chair Margaret King with new social worker Sheridan McGregor. PHOTO: Jacinta Dickins.

In a move set to provide a welcome support service to patients, families and carers, Griffith Base Hospital announced the appointment of their new social worker.

Newly appointed Sheridan McGregor has worked in Griffith since 2013 in a number of counselling roles, including work as a school counsellor and general trauma counsellor for both adults and children.

“I have always had a passion for hospital social work. I enjoy the challenge of the role as no day is ever the same,” Ms McGregor said.

Griffith Local Health Advisory Committee (LHAC) Chair Margaret King is excited about the appointment, which is something the committee has been advocating for a few year.

A social worker at Griffith Base Hospital is a wonderful resource to the hospital and community and enhance the already wonderful support and treatment patients receive here.

Sheridan McGregor.

“There was a gap in service delivery which will now be filled very capably by Sheridan and will only provide an improved level of care for our patients and their families during their stay and on discharge,” Ms King said.

Hospital General Manager Dr Liz Harford congratulated Ms McGregor on her appointment which will be warmly welcomed by hospital staff, patients and the community.

After qualifying as a social worker in 2011, Ms McGregor worked at Ballarat Base Hospital, Mercy Care Centre in Young and Young District Hospital before moving to Griffith.

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“You also get to help people at their most vulnerable when they really need assistance and can be the catalyst to get them through a very difficult time.”

Ms McGregor sees the role of hospital social worker as enhancing the social and emotional wellbeing of patients through counselling and mediation, crisis support, advocacy, case management and patient assessment

“A social worker at Griffith Base Hospital is a wonderful resource to the hospital and community and enhance the already wonderful support and treatment patients receive here,” she said.