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General Enquiries and
Contacting WCDHB Staff

In case of MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, incl. Fire, Police and Ambulance, please dial 111 from any phone or mobile. (This service is free).

To contact WCDHB staff, if you don't know their number, or for any general enquiries try phoning Grey Base Hospital's main reception desk: (03) 769-7400, then dial extension 0 (zero).

We also have a dedicated directory with further key contacts. To use it please select the 'Contacts' tab near the top-right of this page.


Have you visited HealthInfo yet?

HealthInfo West Coast is an easy-to-use health information website, just for the people of the West Coast.

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Emergency & After-hours Medical Help

Want to stop smoking?

Find out here how...

Oranga Hā - Tai Poutini: Stop Smoking West Coast provides free smokefree support to anyone who wants to stop smoking and lives on the West Coast.

Click here or on the image below to visit this brand-new website where you can find out more and jumpstart your new way of healthy living.

Visit this brand-new website where you can find out more and jumpstart your new way of healthy living

West Coast DHB's
Quality Accounts 2016 publication is now available

Access and read our most recently published WCDHB Quality Accounts

Warming Up Your Home

A warm, dry home is a healthy home.

To find out how to warm up your home, including subsidised insulation information, visit the CEA website

To find out how to warm up your home, including subsidised insulation information, visit www.cea.co.nz

Green Prescriptions (GRx)

Green Prescriptions (GRx)

Need help getting active?

Green Prescription is New Zealand's highly successful exercise referral programme. Doctors and Practice Nurses write a GRx for inactive patients to access support with increasing their physical activity levels for health and wellness benefits.

The programme involves an initial face-to-face consultation with GRx co-ordinator followed by regular visits and continued support. To find out more information contact Michael Davey on (03)768 6182 ext 713 or (027) 288 0057 or ask your GP or practice nurse about being referred to Green Prescription.

How a Green Prescription can help:

  • Being physically active has many benefits. Not only does it make you feel good, it can also help you to:
  • Feel more confident, happy and relaxed
  • Have more energy
  • Improve cholesterol levels
  • Improve blood sugar levels
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce stress, feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve sleeping habits
  • Keep your bones strong
  • Cope better with asthma and breathing problems
  • Increase flexibility, mobility and reduce the pain of arthritis
  • Reduce the risk of some types of cancer
  • Reduce the risk of falling

This info has been kindly provided by the West Coast Primary Health website

Furthermore, additional info can be obtained by visiting the Ministry of Health website, but if you live on South Island's West Coast in New Zealand please note that some details provided there may not apply to you, so please check with your local Health Professional re Green Prescription qualifying criteria, etc.

Needing to Travel for Health Care or wondered about parking around our hospitals?

Do you have to travel for health care?

You may be eligible for travel assistance via the National Travel Assistance Scheme.

Buller shuttle service

Need transport from Westport to Greymouth or Greymouth to Westport?

Red Cross provides a FREE shuttle service.

For more details about this service please click here.

Wondered about parking facilities at Christchurch Hospital?

Find out more about Park and Ride

We have just added some information that you might find interesting that concerns parking facilities around the West Coast and Christchurch hospitals.

Christchurch is shortly undergoing changes about allocated parking and are introducing a Park and Ride shuttle service. For more information about this simply select the link below.

Telehealth - Bringing Specialists to Rural Areas

News Release on One News, Saturday, 23rd March

The use of telemedicine on the West Coast is world leading and the DHB should be very proud of how well it works.

Lorelei Mason, health reporter for TVNZ, met with Liaison Paediatrician Dr John Garrett and filmed a story about the success of the Transalpine Paediatric Service. Lorelei shot footage of John in Christchurch talking to a family in Buller. There was also a TVNZ cameraman at Buller Health filming the family talking with John. The news item was aired on One News, Saturday 23 March 2013.

Work is underway on expanding the use of telemedicine across a range of other services at the West Coast DHB.

Free B4 School Check Clinics

Free B4 SCHOOL CHECK Clinics

Is your 4-year old ready for school? Find out the dates of clinics in your area

Meet and discuss your 4-year olds health:

  • Dental Care
  • Vision & Hearing
  • Growth & Development
  • Behaviour
  • Immunisation

Download the poster and the 'Clinic Dates Schedule'' for more information (link provided just below):

West Coast DHB Employment Opportunities

Our Careers (Employment) Section has moved...

Did you know...

All of our current vacancies are now also available at 2 locations.

1. Our new West Coast Health Careers website:
www.westcoasthealthcareers.co.nz and

2. the Kiwi Health Jobs website.

Health Problem?  Need a doctor or nurse?

In an accident or medical emergency,
where life or limbs may be at risk

phone 111

any time of the day or night and request an ambulance.

If your health problem is not an emergency,
please phone your local medical/health centre
any time of the day or night

If the centre is unattended, your call will be diverted to an experienced registered nurse.

Visitors to the West Coast please phone (03) 769-7449.

More resources for download:

Upcoming Board & Committee Meetings
(March - May 2017)

Committee Date Time Venue When downloadable papers
become available:
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
Thu, 23 March 2016 10.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Board Fri,
24 March 2017
10:15 am St John,
Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth
Now available for download
combined meeting
27 April 2017
09.30 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download: CPHAC | DSAC
HAC Thu,
27 April 2017
11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Board Fri,
12 May 2017
10:15 am St John,
Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth
10 May
10:15 am
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
Thu, 18 May 2017 10.00 am PHO
163 Mackay Street
Tue, 16 May 10.00 am

Hot Off the Press

30-03-2017  West Coast focuses on falls prevention in community

In an effort to reduce the number of falls experienced by people on the West Coast, a programme of community awareness events is being produced for "April Falls Month". more

23-03-2017  DHB places temporary manager in Granger House

The West Coast DHB has appointed a Temporary Manager at Greymouth's Granger House (incorporating Richard Seddon Hospital) aged residential care facility. more

27-02-2017  Kowhai Manor to close

Greymouth rest home Kowhai Manor will close by 31 March, as the Ministry of Health has withdrawn certification following a recent audit. more

20-01-2017  Further carpark closures as building of new facilities progresses

Construction within the Grey Base Hospital grounds continues and the temporary car park on Waterwalk Road will be closed from 23 January until 29 January. more

16-01-2017  Sexual health advice still available on Coast

The West Coast District Health Boards wants to reassure patients that the Grey and Westport sexual health clinics continue to operate as usual. more

10-11-2016  West Coast focuses on falls prevention

The number of falls experienced by patients of the West Coast health system shows there is more preventative work to be done in this area, West Coast DHB Chief Executive David Meates says. more

10-10-2016  Take care when gardening!

West Coasters are being urged to follow some simple steps in order to avoid getting a serious illness linked to gardening. more

06-10-2016  Grey Hospital patient and visitor parking limits imposed

In an effort to ensure parks are available when patients and visitors need them, the West Coast DHB is now limiting patient and visitor parks to four hours. more

13-09-2016  West Coast Māori Health Plan approved

The West Coast health system is doing well in its planning and implementation for Māori health, the Ministry of Health has said in approving the area's Māori Health Plan. more

25-08-2016  West Coast meets majority of health targets

The West Coast District Health Board is ensuring shorter stays in the emergency department, is delivering more than expected volumes of elective surgery, and eligible people are getting assessed for cardiovascular risk as evidenced in the latest national health targets. more

23-08-2016  Safety concerns close hospital footbridge

A 140-year-old footbridge over railway lines linking Cowper St to the current Grey Base Hospital has been closed following an engineering assessment. more

19-08-2016  Connect with nature for wellbeing.

How do you connect with nature? And how does it make you feel? A Buller group organising an event from 10 – 16 October to support wellbeing for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is looking for input from locals. more

>>Read all recent and archived news and Media Releases.

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