Emergencies

If you have a life-threatening medical condition, call 000 and request an ambulance.

If you or your child has an urgent medical condition you can also come to our Emergency Department. We are located to the right of the hospital’s main entrance, which is accessed from Albany Highway. We are open 24-hours-a-day, every day of the year.

If you are coming into our Emergency Department, if possible please bring with you:

  • your Medicare Card
  • any other entitlement cards (health care/pension/veterans’/safety net)
  • your passport/health insurance details (overseas visitors/students)
  • details of your private health insurance (if you want to be admitted as a private patient)
  • your current medications (or a list) 
  • any x-rays/ultrasounds/scans that may be related to your condition
  • your work contact details if your condition is covered by Workers’ Compensation
  • the name of your General Practitioner (GP).

Please be aware that patients are seen in order of illness severity, and not in order of attendance. If another patient comes to the ED with a more serious condition, you will need to wait. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Location and parking

Our Emergency Department is located next to the main entrance, off Albany Highway.

Car parking bays with 2-hour and 4-hour limits are available at the front of the hospital.

The hospital (stop number 13369) is also accessible by Transperth (external site) bus numbers 220 and 249.

When you arrive

Please see the Triage Nurse first. They will ask you questions and assess your condition to determine your level of priority:

  1. immediate (life threatening)
  2. very urgent
  3. urgent
  4. standard
  5. non-urgent.

Some patients need to be taken straight into the ED. Others will be directed to the waiting room.

While you are waiting, please tell the Triage Nurse if:

  • your condition worsens
  • you decide to seek treatment elsewhere.

What happens next?

Once you are inside the ED, you will undergo a thorough assessment by a team of nursing and medical staff.

Tests and procedures will be carried out when necessary. The team will review your test results, provide emergency treatment and will then decide to:

  • allow you to return home with a referral if necessary for further care (such as a follow-up appointment with your local doctor or an outpatient appointment)
  • monitor your condition for a few hours before making a decision or
  • admit you to the hospital for further care.

Sometimes patients must wait for test results or for a ward bed to become available. This may cause unavoidable delays in the Emergency Department. Our staff will continue to care for you until you are able to go to a ward or be discharged home.

Metropolitan emergency departments – wait times

WA Health’s WA Public Hospital Activity webpage (external site) provides an up-to-date view of the status of the emergency departments in each of the metropolitan hospitals.

The site provides current information on the average wait times and the number of patients waiting to be seen.

If you need urgent medical attention, please go to your nearest emergency department.

East Metropolitan Health Service Emergency Departments

Royal Perth Hospital (external site)
Address: Victoria Square, Perth
Phone: (08) 9224 2244

Where can I get advice over the phone?

Where can I find a local GP after hours?

When your own doctor is not available, call ahead to visit an after-hours GP clinic (external site) or downloand the app (external site) . Please note that fees may be charged at some clinics.

The on site Armadale GP After Hours service, run by Bentley-Armadale Medicare Local, is located at the entrance to our specialists’ centre to the right of the main hospital building. Access is via Albany Highway.

The service deals with relatively minor complaints or less severe illnesses and injuries that would normally be treated by your family doctor. Referrals for x-rays and ultrasounds are also provided.

The GP after-hours clinic is staffed by a doctor, nurse and receptionist. Patients are seen in order of arrival, not in order of priority.

You will need to present your Medicare card to access this service and extra charges generally apply.

All children under 16 years with a Medicare card and holders of a pension/health care card are eligible for bulk billing when accessing the GP after-hours service.

Contact details

GP After Hours Armadale
Address: 3056 Albany Highway, Armadale
Phone: (08) 9391 2285
Hours: 7.00pm - 10.00pm Monday to Friday
2.00pm - 9.00pm Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays

Where can I find other East Metropolitan Health Service GPs after hours?

Fremantle GP After Hours Practice
Address: A Block, Fremantle Hospital, South Terrace, Fremantle
Phone: (08) 9430 8912
Hours: 7.00pm - 10.00pm Monday to Friday
1:00pm - 9:00pm Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays

GP After Hours Belmont
Address: 39 Belvidere Street, Belmont
Phone: (08) 6253 2100
Hours: 7.00pm – 10.00pm Monday to Friday
12.00pm – 5.00pm Saturday
9.00am – 5.00pm Sunday & Public Holidays

Rockingham General Hospital GP After-Hours Clinic
Address: Rockingham General Hospital, Consulting Suites, 39 Elanora Drive, Cooloongup
Phone: (08) 9599 4531
Hours: 7.00pm – 10.00pm Monday to Friday
1.00pm – 9.00pm Saturday
9.00am – 9.00pm Sunday & Public Holidays

Royal Perth After Hours GP Clinic
Address: Royal Perth Hospital, Lord Street (cnr Goderich Street), Perth
Phone: (08) 9202 1660 / 1300 706 922
Hours: 6.00pm – 10.00pm Monday to Friday
12.00pm – 10.00pm Saturday
10.00am – 10.00pm Sunday & Public Holidays

Useful links

Metropolitan emergency departments