Emergencies

In a pregnancy or gynaecological emergency

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

If you have an urgent gynaecological or pregnancy related medical condition you can come to our Emergency Centre.

Our Emergency Centre is located on the ground floor inside King Edward Memorial Hospital’s main entrance, 374 Bagot Road, Subiaco. Our Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

If you are coming into our Emergency Centre, 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)
  • National Women Held Pregnancy Record (if applicable) 
  • private health insurance details (if you want to be admitted as a private patient) 
  • a list of your current medications
  • any x-rays/ultrasounds/scans that may be related to your pregnancy or condition
  • 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 Emergency Centre with a more serious condition, you will be required to wait. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

When you arrive

Please see the triage midwife first. You will be asked questions to 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 department. Others will be directed to the waiting room.

While you are waiting, please inform the triage midwife if:

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

What happens next?

Once you are inside the Emergency Centre, you will undergo a thorough assessment by midwifery, nursing and medical staff.

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

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

Sometimes patients must wait for test results or for a ward bed to become available. Our staff will continue to care for you until you are able to go to a ward or be discharged home.

Metropolitan Emergency Departments

In a general emergency situation, present to your nearest Emergency Department.

Other metropolitan Emergency Departments include:

Further information

Useful links

Emergency Centre

Enter via main entrance:

King Edward Memorial Hospital
Ground Floor
374 Bagot Road, Subiaco, 6008 

Tel: (08) 6458 2222 (ask to page Emergency Centre)

View our hospital map(link to 103) to find your way around

Opening hours

24 hours a day/7 days a week

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