Admission and discharge
It is sometimes hard to know what to expect when you are coming into hospital. We have put together some information about your admission and discharge when you come to Fremantle Hospital.
Arriving at Fremantle Hospital
If you’re having an operation/procedure at Fremantle Hospital you should go to the Day Admissions Centre (DAC) entrance – B Block (South Terrace, Fremantle). You will need to advise the admission staff if you have been hospitalised in the last seven days or been admitted to a hospital outside of Western Australia within the past 12 months.
Convenient 15-minute set-down/drop-off parking bays are located directly outside the entrance. If you are unfamiliar with the hospital you can also report to the Alma Street Main Entrance (B Block) and the reception staff will assist you. Reception staff are available from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. View the hospital map
Please tell the ward staff if you have any special needs, such as hearing or vision impairments.
The plastic wristband you receive must be worn at all times and not removed until you have been discharged. Please tell ward staff if your identifying information is incorrect or illegible.
It is important to let ward staff know if you plan to leave the ward for any period of time for any reason.
What to bring
Please be sure to bring with you:
- your admission form
- your Medicare card and your private hospital insurance card, if you have one
- details of your employer and the date, time and place of your accident, if you are covered by Workers’ Compensation or the Motor Vehicle Insurance Trust
- the name and address of your GP
- emergency contact details of your next-of-kin
- any medications you may be taking
- any x-rays or scans that may be related to your condition
- pyjamas or nightgowns, dressing gown and slippers (non-slip sole), as it is important for footwear to be worn at all times
- personal toiletries such as soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shaving kit and tissues
- a small amount of money for items such as newspapers, magazines, telephone calls and to hire a television.
Please do not bring jewellery, other valuables or excess cash to hospital, as we will not be responsible for any loss of valuables or cash kept in the ward.
Your return home is an important part of your continuing health and recovery. During your stay, your doctors and nurses will tell you in advance how long they expect you to remain in hospital.
Even before this happens, we believe it is in your best interest to start planning for your discharge and after-care as soon as possible.
You should consider the following questions and discuss them with your doctor or nurse well before discharge to ensure you can go home as soon as possible:
- Do I have someone to pick me up?
- Do I need a medical certificate for my employer?
- Do I have my discharge letter and any x-rays for my GP?
- Do I need medication or specialist equipment when I return home?
- Do I need follow-up appointments?
- Do I need extra health support or rehabilitation services when I return home
If you think you will need support at home, please talk to our staff so we can arrange the required support ahead of time.
The official discharge from the ward is 10.00am. Family and friends can assist by organising transport ahead of time.
At Fremantle Hospital, once you are ready for discharge, you may be transferred to our comfortable Transit Lounge on the ground floor, B Block to wait for your relative/carer or friend to collect you.
Before leaving the ward, please make sure you collect any private x-rays/scans or medications and confirm if you have any follow-up appointments. Also, ensure you collect all of your personal items.
Patients discharged on the same day as surgery (and following a general anaesthetic) must arrange to have someone stay overnight with them at home, and must not drive a vehicle for 24 hours.
Pre-Admission Clinic – Fremantle Hospital
Phone: (08) 9431 2897
Fax: (08) 9431 2898