Second secure mental health unit announced

A group of twelve men and women standing outside in a courtyard.
The Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group mental health team
April 12, 2019

Fremantle Hospital will receive $15.6 million to open a second secure mental health unit.

The additional beds reflect Fremantle Hospital’s role as a specialist hub for mental health services and will increase mental health beds within South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) to more than 150.

The unit will be located in V Block at Fremantle Hospital, which will be refurbished and redeveloped.

SMHS Chief Executive Paul Forden said this is a great outcome for patients in the southern suburbs.

“It will provide greater access to timely care and treatment and help relieve pressure on our busy emergency departments,” Paul said.

“This also illustrates that Fremantle Hospital has been vital in the configuration of mental health services in a co-ordinated fashion across SMHS.

“This is an exciting new development for Fremantle Hospital and an important step forward for our mental health services in SMHS.”

Fremantle Hospital’s mental health service currently provides short-term inpatient treatment to people during an acute phase of mental illness to adults and older adults.  The hospital has a 48-bed acute adult inpatient beds and 16 older adult acute inpatient beds.

Preliminary work on developing the unit is set to commence shortly, with the unit expected to open in 2022.

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