Specialist services step up

An occupational therapist helps a man improve his hand movement
Fremantle Hospital is focusing on providing high-quality aged care, mental health, secondary rehabilitation, planned surgery and specialist medical services.
March 24, 2015

Converting the former Fremantle Hospital Emergency Department into the 50-bed Day Admission Centre (DAC) is one of the major changes at the hospital as it starts its new life as a 300-bed specialist service. 

Instead of treating people needing emergency care, the DAC will be used to admit and discharge patients requiring admission for any surgery or procedure at Fremantle Hospital. 

The unit streamlines the hospital admission and discharge process for patients and staff, with all patients requiring either a day admission or multi-day admission coming through one central hub. 

It is due for completion in mid 2015. 

The creation of the new DAC is one of many changes occurring at Fremantle Hospital as it begins operating as the biggest specialist hospital in Perth with a focus on providing high-quality aged care, mental health, secondary rehabilitation, planned surgery and specialist medical services. 

In line with this, the Moss Street Clinic (currently based in Moss Street, East Fremantle) is scheduled to move into the old paediatric ward (D4) at the end of June. 

The service will continue to focus on providing multidisciplinary care for people aged over 18, including offering its popular Parkinson’s clinic. 

The clinic assists clients in managing the effects of Parkinson’s Disease through education and by offering strategies to adapt to the changes caused by the disease. 

Additional services that will bolster their robust rehabilitative care program include a general geriatric medical clinic, memory evaluation clinic, balance and mobility clinic, and continence clinic. 

The D5 Ophthalmology service is also scheduled to come online in April/May while the Marmion Street Older Adult Mental Health Unit will move from its Palmyra premises to Fremantle Hospital in May/June 2015.