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Social Services

Essen University Hospital Social Services accompanies and supports patients and their families in coping with problems that may arise from medical conditions and disabilities, and that may affect their lives psychologically, physically, professionally, or financially. In doing so, Social Services cooperates closely with other professionals in- and outside the hospital.

It is our goal to support you, the patient, in coping with your medical condition and to offer assistance tailored to your needs. We will inform you and your family of the various types of assistance available, so you can make informed decisions regarding further rehabilitation and care measures that fit your individual situation.

All our counseling is based on your individual health situation.

We will answer your questions and help you with:

  • Rehabilitation measures
  • Outpatient and inpatient nursing care
  • Nursing aids
  • Household help
  • Financial aid
  • Questions regarding the German social insurance system, e.g., disability, sickness benefits, long-term care benefits, retirement benefits
  • Legal aspects of care
  • Additional outpatient aids
  • Coping with illness

All employees of Social Services are bound by a confidentiality agreement. In addition to our daily business hours on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., we are also available for individual appointments.

Should you have any questions, please make an appointment with us!

Our offices are located between Surgical Center I and the Womens Clinic.


The following is a list of contacts for the individual clinics:

Clinic for Obstetrics and Gynecology

Uni Breast Center

Ulrike Kramer (Chief Social Worker)

Phone: 0201-723-5140,



Clinic for Cardiology

Clinic for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Center for Ophthalmology

Clinic for Angiology

Center for Internal Medicine (except for wards M8/M9)

Elvira Berg-Sakowitz (Social Worker)

Phone: +49 (0) 201-723-2624



Clinic for Radiotherapy/Clinic for Nuclear Medicine

Beate Wilcken (Social Worker/Educator)

Office: Administration building, lower level, room 01.20

Phone: +49 (0) 201-723-2624



Clinic for Internal Tumor Research

Monika Herrmann

Phone: +49 (0) 201-723-2007



Clinic for Hematology/Clinic for Bone Marrow Transplants

Patrik Jotzo (Social Worker)

Phone: +49 (0) 201-723-2543



Clinic for Emergency Surgery

Clinic for Neurosurgery

Clinic for Orthopedics

Clinic for Anesthesiology and Intensive Care

Katharina Eick (Social Worker)

Phone: +49 (0) 201-723-5141



Clinic for Dermatology, Venereology, and Allergies

Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic

Dörte Isci (Educator)

Phone: +49 (0) 201-723-3726



Clinic for Neurology

Clinic for Urology

Clinic for General Surgery, Visceral and Transplant Surgery

Center for Internal Medicine (wards M8/M9)

Ingo Neupert (Social Worker)

Phone: +49 (0) 201-723-2623



The Childrens Clinic is served by its own psychological and social team.


Lageplan Sozialdienst