Our psychologists are consulted after referral by the attending physician or another care provider in consultation with the attending physician. They are therefore specifically linked to certain departments within our hospital. Psychologist referrals may be performed by the following specialties:
- Cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation
- Geriatrics (clinic, internal liaison, day hospital, cognitive rehabilitation)
- Maternity Unit (fertility)
- Neurology, neurosurgery, neurorehabilitation (nerves)
- ENT (tinnitus)
- Obesity (being overweight)
- Oncology and oncological rehabilitation (cancer)
- Palliative Care (end of life)
- Pain rehabilitation
- Help with giving up smoking
- Back Clinic
The psychologists are also involved in multidisciplinary teams formed around our patients. As part of these teams, they report on the mental aspects of being ill.
For a number of patients, psychological support is included in the global services of our hospital. That is the case for patients who were admitted in the context of psychiatry, paediatrics, oncology, geriatric internal liaison and cognitive rehabilitation.
Psychological support for cardiac rehabilitation is not only provided for inpatients but also as part of outpatient aftercare during the rehabilitation period. Palliative care patients are also offered psychological services.
All other patients will be charged for consultations in case of psychological intervention, diagnostics and/or support or therapy. Since 1 October 2009, patients trying to give up smoking are partially reimbursed by the mandatory health insurance. Various health insurance funds now intend to provide partial financial compensation under certain conditions for other patients too, especially for children and adolescents under the age of 18.