Visiting us

From 12:01am Monday 31 January, you will need to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status when visiting our hospital or services so we can protect our patients, staff and the community from the spread of COVID-19.

It will be important that you allow extra time when visiting and plan well in advance to understand the requirements for visitors, such as proof of vaccination.

Please remember to be patient with our staff – they are doing their best. Abuse of staff in any form will not be tolerated and you may be denied entry.

Please familiarise yourself with the following information:

  • Visitors must comply with the screening questions, wear a surgical mask (staff will provide this to you), show evidence of being fully vaccinated (and show identification), follow public health measures and follow any further directions by staff
  • There are exceptional circumstances to visitor restrictions, determined on a case-by-case basis
  • Entrances to hospital sites will be limited to ensure checkpoint staff and security are able to effectively and safely manage visitor access.
  • Visitor is required to show evidence of two doses of COVID-19 vaccination (acceptable forms and requirement for identification listed below)

 

Proof of vaccination

Visitors to hospital sites will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination (external site), either in a digital or paper-based form, along with approved identification in some cases.

Acceptable forms of evidence include:

  • Service WA (no identification required)
  • Express Plus Medicare App (no identification required)
  • Digital certificate (identification required)
  • Immunisation history statement – printed or digital (identification required)
  • Medical exemption – printed or digital (identification required)v
  • Printed certificate – printed or digital (identification required)
  • International proof of vaccination (identification required)

 

Proof of vaccination exemptions

Visitors who have an exemption to receiving covid-19 vaccinations must provide evidence of their exemption. acceptable forms of evidence include:

  • Service WA app
  • COVID-19 digital certificate (shows medical exemption)
  • Your certificate stored in a smartphone’s wallet, along with an acceptable form of identification
  • A hardcopy of your certificate, along with an acceptable form of identification
  • A digital or hardcopy of your immunisation history statement, along with an acceptable form of identification.

 

Visiting hours a KEMH

We ask visitors to familiarise themselves with our hospital visiting conditions before arriving at KEMH.

Although the Government has relaxed COVID restrictions here in WA, we ask everyone to please remember the physical distancing rules.

Under no circumstances are visitors allowed to stay overnight.

The KEMH Creche is available for children under six years.

Standard visiting

3pm to 8pm daily

One nominated essential support person / birth person can stay with a patient between 8am and 8pm.

Mother Baby Unit (MBU)

4pm to 7pm daily

Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Only parents and primary carers may visit.

See below for information about parking, public transport, maps and hospital amenities.

Parking and public transport

Parking at and around KEMH

EasyPark logoParking directly outside KEMH on Bagot Road is only 30 minutes. This is useful for drop-offs or quick visits but is not enough time for your appointment.

Two-hour parking is available on some surrounding streets. They are at least a five-minute walk away, so take that into consideration. Parking is recommended in the patient/visitor carpark on Hensman Road or in a City of Subiaco carpark, as your appointment or visit may be longer than the time permitted on the surrounding streets.

Many roadside car bays use online payments via the EasyPark app which can be downloaded on your phone. The ticket machines also take cards and coins.  

There are two ACROD bays in front of the hospital and two in the Hensman Road carpark. See map of disability parking bays, entry points and ramp access (PDF).

Parking contrary to any KEMH or City of Subiaco signs may result in a fine.

 

Public transport

Daglish (10 minute walk) and Subiaco (15 to 20-minute walk) train stations are the closest to KEMH. Buses also stop in front of the main hospital entrance. Contact Transperth on 13 62 13 or visit transperth.wa.gov.au (external site) for information on routes and timetables.

 

Pedestrians and cyclists

KEMH is located near the shared path running along the Fremantle railway line. See the City of Subiaco TravelSmart Map (PDF) for details of cycle routes or visit Department of Transport (external site) for Perth Bicycle Network maps. Bike racks are located next to Centenary House, near the Op Shop, accessible via Hensman Road.

Hospital map

Map of KEMH and surroundsClick on image for larger image.Map of KEMH

Amenities and facilities

Sacred spaces and meeting places

The Chapel and adjoining Quiet Room are located on the First Floor, A Block (above the main entrance) and are open to all – regardless of belief – for meditation and prayer. Available 24/7. Find out more about our Pastoral Care services.

A Musalla or Salat Room (Muslim Prayer Room) is in the Lower Ground basement passageway, running East / West underneath A Block. From the main entrance, take the lift or stairs to Lower Ground, turn left and proceed some distance. It’s on the left. Available 24/7.

Moort Mandja Mia is an outdoor family gathering place on Hensman Road which acknowledges the traditional custodians of this land, the Noongar (Whadjuk) people and welcomes women and their families to KEMH.

Ngalla Mia is a meeting place for Aboriginal women located on the lower Ground Floor of Agnes Walsh House. Aboriginal women are invited for a cuppa, a yarn and fun activities on Wednesdays from 10am to noon. Contact Janinne on (08) 6458 1123 or (08) 6458 2800.

The King Edward Memorial Hospital Art Collection is featured on the walls in the public areas. The Harry Cohen Gallery (Level 2, A Block) is open daily from 6am to 6pm and features regular exhibitions.

 

Library and free internet access

The Women and Newborn Health Library is packed with a wide range of books and publications covering wide-ranging subjects about women at all stages of life, including pregnancy, birth, newborns, babies, raising children and menopause. There’s also a small collection of fiction and foreign language books. These are available for borrowing for both patients and the public. Browse books from the collection at KEMH Library (external site).

The library has free WiFi and two computers with free internet access.

Opening hours: 9am to noon and 1pm to 3pm Monday to Friday
Location: Ground Floor, main corridor past the café.
Tel: (08) 6458 1100
Email: kemh.hl@health.wa.gov.au

 

Public toilets

Public toilets are located along the hospital’s main corridor on the Ground Floor. Male and female toilets are on the same side of the corridor as the WIRF café. The male toilets are closest to the front foyer and the female toilets are between the café and the library. There are no public toilets on the wards.

All areas in the hospital are cleaned regularly. Should you notice an area requiring attention, please notify a staff member.

 

Crafts and activities

The Activity Coordination Service is available to all inpatients, but particularly those who are long-stay inpatients. This service is valuable for those from rural or remote areas who are removed from their usual environment and support networks.

A two-hour Craft and Activities Group for long-stay patients happens four days a week. For patients who can’t leave their rooms, the Activity Coordinator can set up an activity in their room.

Craft and activities for long stay patients (PDF)

 

Op Shop

KEMH volunteers run the Op Shop, which is on the lower ground floor behind the cashier’s office. It sells women’s and baby clothes plus blankets, wraps and throws. Money raised is donated to the hospital. Donations can be placed in the bin outside the shop or by calling the Volunteer Coordinator on (08) 6458 1437.

Location: Lower Ground Floor, outside Centenary House, below the café
Opening hours: 9:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday 

 

Café and gift shop

Cafe

The café offers a range of hot and cold foods, sandwiches and rolls, snacks, drinks and take-home meals.

Location: Main corridor, Ground Floor

Gift shop

The gift shops sells stuffed toys, flowers, hampers, baby clothes and other suitable gifts. There’s also a small second-hand library for $2 a book.

Download the WIRF app (external site

Opening hours: 7am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday, closed on public holidays.

 

Pharmacy

The Pharmacy is on the Lower Ground Floor, B Block. This is where prescriptions are dispensed. Hours of service for outpatients are 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

The pharmacy is available to inpatients and outpatients but only prescriptions written on KEMH prescription stationery can be dispensed at the hospital. Check before leaving the hospital whether prescribed medications are best dispensed at the hospital.

If you are concerned about changes in your medications or think you have been given the wrong medication please talk to your treating nurse or doctor.

 

Western Australian Medical Museum

Step into the past and see how early medicine and dentistry was done. Displays include an iron lung, an operating theatre, a dental surgery, photographs and instruments. Based in the heritage-listed Harvey House (on the corner of Railway and Barker Roads) it was Perth’s first maternity hospital in 1916.

Hours: 10:30am to 4pm, Wednesdays (except for December and January)
Tel: (08) 6458 1506
Web: wamedicalmuseum.org.au (external site)
Entry fee applies – cash only.

KEMH Video Tour

Your rights and responsibilities when using public hospitals

My healthcare rights poster

The Western Australian Public Patients’ Hospital Charter explains your rights and responsibilities when using public hospitals and health centres in WA.

The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (external site) describes what patients, or someone they care for, can expect when receiving health care. Read all about your healthcare rights (PDF).

Learn about the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights in languages other than English (external site).

 

Patients accessing mental health services

The Mental Health Act 2014 (external site) provides a number of extra rights for patients receiving psychiatric treatment. For more information contact the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (external site) or phone (08) 6553 3000.

 

Carers

At KEMH we recognise that carers play a fundamental role in the delivery of care.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid ongoing care and support to someone with a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or who is frail and includes providing palliative care.

We support the Western Australian Carers Charter as defined by the Carers Recognition Act 2004 (external site) which outlines how carers are to be treated and involved in delivering some services which impact on them as a carer.

The Western Australian Carers Charter:

  • Carers must be treated with respect and dignity.
  • The role of carers must be recognised by including carers in the assessment, planning, delivery and review of services that impact on them and the role of carers.
  • The views and needs of carers must be taken into account along with the views, needs and best interests of people receiving care when decisions are made that impact on carers and the role of carers.
  • Complaints made by carers in relation to services that impact on them and the role of carers must be given due attention and consideration.

Carers WA is the peak body representing the needs of carers in WA and providing a wide range of support services for carers as well as education to service providers.

We support Carers WA to operate their Prepare to Care Hospital Program at KEMH. A referral can be made on behalf of a carer to: referral@carerswa.asn.au.

Carers WA can be contacted on 1300 227 377, info@carerswa.asn.au or via the Carers WA website (external site).

To find out how we can help you, talk to the Consumer Liaison Service staff or one of your clinical team members.

 

Carer Gateway

Carers can also be referred to Carer Gateway (external site) via the referral form (external site). Carer Gateway is an Australian Government initiative providing a mix of free in-person, phone, and online supports, services and advice, for carers in Australia. View more information for Service Providers on Carer Gateway (external site).

Hospital visits on compassionate / medical grounds

If you are entering Western Australia under an exemption and have been granted permission on compassionate grounds to visit a patient in hospital within your quarantine period, you must phone ahead to the hospital to arrange this visit to ensure it is managed appropriately.

WHY? Precautions need to be put in place to protect staff and patients while you attend the hospital.

WA’s current travel restrictions are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting non-essential travel. This includes requiring approval to enter the State and a requirement to self-quarantine for 14 days – in case you are unknowingly carrying the COVID-19 virus.

If you are in self-quarantine you cannot undergo elective surgery. Contact the hospital to reschedule your surgery for when you are cleared from quarantine.

It is an offence to fail to follow the directions stipulated in your exemption. WA Police have the power to enforce these restrictions and you can be fined up to $50,000.

Visiting assistance animals

We recognise the importance of assistance animals in supporting people with disability and welcome them to the hospital. To help both you and your assistance animal while visiting the hospital, read the Visiting Assistance Animals brochure (PDF).

Last Updated: 28/01/2022