Fremantle Hospital in Australia has launched a new ophthalmology outpatient unit, making way for an extension of mental health services in the country.

Ophthalmology outpatients at Fremantle Hospital can now enter the hospital’s recently designed and constructed ophthalmology department.

The new A$5.5m ($3.6m) facility is designed to cater to the patients and fulfil their needs.

The ophthalmology unit was repositioned from ‘V block’ at Fremantle Hospital. This marked the start of reconstruction works at the hospital for the McGowan Government’s new 40-bed mental health ward.

To finance the 40-bed mental health revamp at Fremantle Hospital, the government is investing A$45.5m ($30.14m).

The project will change the hospital into a mental health hub.

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It will also improve considerably the existing 64-bed inpatient admission capacity.

In the south metropolitan area, the project will also offer better access to expert care for patients with mental illness.

Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said: “This new state-of-the art ophthalmology unit will deliver modernised facilities for patients of this busy and growing outpatient service.

“More than 180 patients use Fremantle Hospital’s ophthalmology service every day and I am pleased they now have a new clinic in which to receive their care.

“The relocation of the clinic is also an important milestone in our $45.5 million redevelopment of mental health services at Fremantle Hospital as the last service to be moved so the expansion can begin.”

Recently, Fremantle Hospital announced a new respiratory ward comprising 12 beds, including four beds with oxygen saturation monitoring equipment.

It is used to care for patients with respiratory condition as their primary concern.