- The redevelopment also includes a 24-hour mental health urgent care service.
- The service is expected to ease pressure on the Fiona Stanley Hospital's emergency department.
- The design will be consistent with contemporary mental health principles.
The $63 million redevelopment of Fremantle Hospital has commenced, with the project to add 40 new mental health beds. The redevelopment will increase the number of inpatient mental health beds at Fremantle Hospital by over 60%, to 104.
“Our Government is dedicated to improving access to healthcare across our State to ensure top quality services are available no matter where you live,” said Premier Roger Cook.
“WA’s southern corridor is growing rapidly and it is vital healthcare services are expanded to match this demand, which is why we are investing $63 million to significantly upgrade Fremantle Hospital.”
Health Minister, Amber-Jade Sanderson noted that the project “… will also see the introduction of a 24-hour mental health urgent care service to help ease pressure on Fiona Stanley Hospital’s busy emergency department, while ensuring acute mental health patients receive dedicated crisis care.”
Fremantle MLA, Simone McGurk said it’s fantastic to see construction commence on the project.
“Alongside our $8.5 million dedicated neuro rehabilitation ward, we are investing in Fremantle Hospital to ensure it continues to meet the needs of our community now and into the future,” McGurk added.
Fremantle Hospital’s V block will see 40 new mental health beds which comprise:
- 20 secure beds,
- 10 beds for open adults,
- A 10-bed neurological behaviour unit for older adults,
- A 24-hour mental health urgent care service, and
- A new neurostimulation unit.
“The Cook Government is working to give Western Australians better access to all kinds of mental health supports, whether that be in a hospital setting or in the community,” said Sanderson.
“The new beds and improved mental health services at Fremantle Hospital are being designed using contemporary therapeutic principles, such as the use of natural light, landscaped outdoor courtyards and balcony spaces to create a better experience for patients and staff.”
The redevelopment will see a purpose-built building that includes wards with single, swipe-controlled bedrooms with ensuites and televisions, treatment rooms, sensory modulation rooms, and separate dining and lounge room spaces.