Inpatient mental health services

Fremantle Hospital Mental Health Service (FHMHS) adult and the older adult inpatient units provide short-term inpatient treatment to people during an acute phase of mental illness.

There are 48-bed acute adult inpatient beds and 16 older adult acute inpatient beds.

Inpatient care is provided by the multidisciplinary team and begins with a comprehensive assessment. This assessment forms the basis for the care provided while the patient is in hospital. A Treatment Support and Discharge Plan is developed in collaboration with the inpatient and their family member or carer to support and promote the patients recovery.

The inpatient service provides a range of therapeutic group interventions focussing on the patient’s strengths, skills and passion, and responsive to the individual needs of mental health consumers.

Our Consultation Liaison Service provides mental health assessment and treatment advice for consumers who are admitted to general medical and surgical wards at Fremantle Hospital with:

  • suspected mental illness
  • behavioural problems
  • deliberate self-injury. 

COVID visiting arrangements for mental health patients

During COVID-19 the health and wellbeing of our patients, visitors and staff remains our top priority.

The following visiting guidelines are now in place across all mental health wards at Fremantle Hospital.

Visiting hours remain at 4pm–8pm, however visits will be limited to one hour and one visitor per patient, with a maximum of two visitors on the ward at any given time.

Visiting to all wards will be managed via a diary system. To make a booking, please phone the ward your family member has been admitted to. Please note we care for many patients and may not always able to meet your visiting requests.

Before entering the ward visitors will be:

  • asked standard COVID-19 health screening questions by ward staff
  • asked to follow social distancing principles of 1.5 metres and strict hand hygiene principles when entering and leaving the ward
  • reminded of standard protocols including bringing items onto the ward.

Family meetings will be conducted via telephone, where possible.

How to access our services

Referrals from health professionals

Health professionals can arrange access to the inpatient mental health service via:


People who present to the mental health service without a referral and who are acutely unwell will be triaged by ATT before being treated or referred to other services.

Support for carers

Carers have the main responsibility for care when service providers are not there. They are frequently responsible for providing care to consumers who are acutely unwell.

The mental health service actively partners with carers to make sure that their family member or friend receives the best possible care.

Read more in our Information for carers guide (PDF 1.2MB).

The mental health service ensures that carers and the essential role they play is identified at first contact, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Relevant information brochures for family, friends and consumers are also provided in the inpatient areas.

Emergency contacts

In an emergency or crisis please dial 000 (triple zero) or visit your nearest emergency department.

Mental Health Emergency Response Line (MHERL)

Metro callers phone 1300 555 788 (local call)
Peel callers phone 1800 676 822 (free call)

Lifeline WA

131 114
24 hours a day / 7 day a week service

Find more mental health emergency service providers (Healthy WA)

Contact us

Location: W Block, Cnr Alma Street and Hampton Rd, Fremantle
Phone: 9431 3555
Fax: 9431 3479

Operating hours

24 hours a day

Visiting hours


Weekends and public holidays

Please talk to our staff if you wish to visit outside of these hours.


Find information on mental health conditions and living with these conditions (Healthy WA)

Link to Healthy WA – health info for your family.