Keep an eye out for our new ophthalmology unit

A male health professionals uses a slit lamp to examine a woman's eyes
October 7, 2022

The newly designed and built Fremantle Hospital (FH) ophthalmology department is now open.

With up to 180 ophthalmology outpatients through its doors every day, ophthalmology is one of the busiest outpatient services at FH. The unit is specifically designed to suit the unique needs of the service, enabling patients to receive seamless care.

FH Ophthalmology Program Manager Tricia Lyle explained the unit is incredibly busy, providing ophthalmology services for the whole South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) catchment, which is 25 per cent of our State’s population.

“The FH ophthalmology service is an incredibly busy service, delivering more than 28,000 outpatient appointments in the last financial year alone, and this number will only continue to grow,” Tricia said.

“Demand is fast increasing, and we have designed the unit with expansion in mind by incorporating two additional consult rooms for future use.

“The department was also designed with the services’ unique requirements, enabling outpatients to seamlessly move through the unit as they undergo their necessary tests during their appointment.”

FSFHG Acting Executive Director Kellie Blyth explained that the new ophthalmology unit kickstarts redevelopment works for the State Government-funded 40-bed mental health ward at the hospital.

“The ophthalmology unit was the final service to be relocated from ‘V block’ at Fremantle Hospital,” Kellie said.

“With V block now empty, works on the 40-bed mental health development will commence to boost SMHS’ mental health capacity and transform FH into a significant mental health hub.”

The new FH mental health ward is expected to open in 2024.

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