Emergency Care

For women booked to Midwifery Group Practise, Family Birth Centre or the Community Midwifery Program phone your midwife on his / her number.

If you are booked to birth at KEMH, and you are worried about yourself or your baby, or you think you might be in labour, please contact the Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU) on (08) 6458 2222. If you are booked to another hospital please call this hospital as your main contact.

In Australia, overseas visitors, overseas students and patients who are not eligible for Medicare under their current VISA arrangements are required to pay for the cost of their health care. Please contact the Overseas Liaison Officer on (08) 6458 1066 or email KEMHPPLO@health.wa.gov.au to obtain information regarding fees for your appointment.


Urgent care under 20 weeks

If you are in your first 20 weeks of pregnancy and you experience pain or bleeding, you can contact your GP, ring Health Direct or attend your nearest Emergency Department.


Urgent care after 20 weeks

If you need urgent care and are booked to have your baby at KEMH, please contact the MFAU on (08) 6458 2222 anytime day or night.


Urgent Care overnight between 9pm and 7am.

All patients who arrive at KEMH during these hours will have a single point of entry to the hospital, via the Emergency Centre. During this time all patients, regardless of their gestation will be triaged in the Emergency Centre and assessed.


When to contact us

Call your midwife, doctor or MFAU (24 hours,7 days) if you experience any of the following. Do not wait until your next appointment.

  • Unusually strong headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Stomach pain
  • Swollen hands and/or face
  • Nausea and vomiting with or without diarrhoea
  • You think you are in labour
  • Very itchy skin
  • Fever
  • Urinary problems
  • Watery and/or greenish vaginal discharge
  • Reduced baby movements
  • Any concerns or worries.

Overseas patient fees

Hospital fees for patients who are not eligible for Medicare are set by the WA Department of Health. Overseas visitors and overseas students are required to pay for the cost of their care. Calls made to the Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU) by Medicare ineligible patients, such as overseas visitors and overseas students, will incur a charge. 

More information about overseas patient fees.

Last Updated: 18/11/2022