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Smokefree Services - Quitting Smoking

Your chances of quitting smoking are three times greater with support than just going it alone. Several services on the Coast provide the support that helps smokers to quit.

baby is also affected by smoke
Smoking during pregnancy affects you and your baby's health before, during, and after your baby is born.

West Coast DHB Smoking Cessation Advice

Face to face support for pregnant women wanting to quit smoking. Our smoking cessation practitioners provide cessation support, advice and information on nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) that are safe to use during pregnancy.

Tobacco addiction and withdrawal symptoms are explained and support is provided to manage these symptoms and to make informed decisions and choices to become smoke free.

Smokefree cessation advisors are based within Grey Base and Buller Hospitals, and in the Corner House, 8 Marlborough St, Greymouth, providing face to face support onsite and home visits if required.

Appointments and sessions are flexible to suit client need. Appointment times are within normal working hours during the week and can be scheduled as often as required. Support is usually on a one-to-one basis and partners are welcome. Further groups can be facilitated if requested.

Visits are free to the smokefree cessation advisors and NRT is subsidised.

Smoking cessation advisors can be reached on:

Ann McDonald

street address Street Address:
Corner House
8 Marlborough St.
Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
phone Phone:
(03) 769-7488
027 648 1158
email Email:

Jeanette Thomas

street address Street Address:
Buller Hospital
Jeanette Thomas
Jeanette Thomas
phone Phone:
(03) 788-9238
027 648 1159

Coast Quit Programme

All of the medical centres and health clinics on the West Coast offer the Coast Quit Programme, which provides several one-to-one sessions of advice and support with a practice nurse, plus NRT (patches, gum, or lozenges) at a subsidised cost per visit. The Coast Quit Programme is also provided through the community pharmacies in Greymouth and Hokitika.

Aukati Kai Paipa

The Aukati Kai Paipa service is a Coast wide Māori based free personalised support programme, including NRT.


Joe Mason

street address Street Address:
Community and
Public Health
Joe Mason
Joe Mason
phone Phone:
(03) 768-1160
027 212 7390

National Quitline

National Quitline

The National Quitline service provides subsidised NRT and free phone or e-mail support.


National Quitline

phone Phone:
0800 778-778
internet addressWebsite Address:

Nutrition Services

The West Coast Nutrition service is staffed by NZ registered dieticians and is available for women using Maternity Services on the West Coast. Working Monday to Friday staff see women as outpatients and inpatients for individualised nutrition assessment and advice.

Fresh Fruit, pregnant woman at bench preparing healthy food

Referrals can be made by your LMC midwife or doctor to discuss any of the following:

  • Early pregnancy nausea and vomiting management
  • Healthy eating for pregnancy
  • Food safety in pregnancy
  • Nutrition for multiple pregnancy
  • Guide to healthy weight gain in pregnancy
  • Diabetes in pregnancy including gestational diabetes
  • Advice on nutritional supplements in pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Healthy eating for breastfeeding

Ultrasound and Antenatal Screening Services

photo of baby scan - photo of woman undergoing ultrasound - transducer running over pregnant tummy

The Grey Base Hospital Radiology Department provides ultrasound scanning for pregnant women. Your LMC midwife or doctor will refer you to this service. To ensure timeliness of appropriate ultrasound screening it is important that your referral is made to the Radiology Department before 11 weeks of pregnancy.

Scans are scheduled during normal business hours and are performed to manage pregnancy appropriately.

Māori Health

The Kaiāwhina is available to support you and your whanau during your stay in McBrearty Ward and to assist in linking you with other relevant services e.g. breastfeeding support, Mother and Pēpi service after discharge.

    The following services are provided:

  • Support is available to help you and your whanau to attend outpatient care. This can include transport where required and if necessary to attend outpatient clinics or other health appointments.
  • Facilitate access where needed to the Whakaruru Hōu Whānau House located on the Greymouth Hospital site. This house is available to inpatients and their whānau residing outside of the Greymouth district.
  • Support and advocacy at whānau hui and meetings held within the hospital setting, with other agencies or in the home setting.
  • Provide information and advice about local agencies and support services for your health and wellbeing.
  • If you are transferred to Christchurch Hospital the Kaiāwhina can assist in accessing the Canterbury Māori Health team (Nga Ratonga Hauora) who can provide support during your stay in Canterbury.
  • Free Māori Health Provider service; a referral can be made to the West Coast Māori health provider, Poutini Waiora, to support you and your whanau at home after discharge from hospital.

Tamariki Ora / Mama and Pēpi

Provides education, support and advice to wāhine/whānau during pregnancy, following birth and up until 3 years of age.

Mothers and Whānau are supported to develop parenting skills, build self esteem and confidence.

Included in this is the Well Child Health Core contacts.

Poutini Waiora are a kaupapa Māori organisation and therefore the way in which services are delivered to whānau are based on Tikanga and underpinned by the values embedded in manaakitanga, whanaungatanga, rangatiratanga and wairuatanga.


Robyne Bryant, Hokitika

phone Phone:
0800 333-170
Robyne Bryant
Robyne Bryant

Professional cultural services

Professional cultural services; visits from local Kaumātua can be initiated on your behalf for such things as karakia, tikanga support, cultural guidance, guidance on issues of tapu and tangihanga support.


(Position Vacant)
Kaiāwhina Whanau Support Worker

Poutini Waiora

Poutini Waiora

Professional cultural services - visits from local Kaumātua can be initiated on your behalf for such things as karakia, tikanga support, cultural guidance, guidance on issues of tapu and tangihanga support.


Poutini Waiora

street address

Main Office: Hokitika

Street Address:
17 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810

Postal Address:
PO Box 271

Greymouth Office

Street Address:
Top Floor
Speights Ale House
West Coast PHO

Westport Office

Street Address:
The Denniston Room
Pakington Street Westport

phone Phone/Fax:

Free Call: 0800 333-170

Main Office - Hokitika:
Tel: (03) 755-6572 | Fax: (03) 755-6578

Greymouth Office:
Tel: (03) 974-5580
email Email:
internet address Website Address:

Social Work Services

Maternity Social Work Support

Having a baby is an exciting time, but can also be a time where a number of stressful or difficult situations and decision making occurs. The role of the maternity social worker is to work with you and your family throughout any part of your pregnancy providing support and counselling if required.

This support may consist of assisting you with housing, finance, relationships, pregnancy concerns, information resources including local parenting supports, transfers to other hospitals and to be a supportive link between you and government agencies.


Desma Reedy
Maternity Social Work Support

Desma Reedy
Desma Reedy
street address Street Address:
McBrearty Ward
Greymouth Hospital
High St
phone Phone:
(03) 769-7624
027 244 5982
Maternal Care & unborn wellbeing

Mother and Child protection support network

Provides a wrap-around, holistic service to support mothers in preparation for parenting. We work together within a multi-disciplinary team involving specialists from a range of health and community groups to help a mother to be get the resources they need to safely look after her newborn baby. For more information, please talk to your LMC midwife.


Physiotherapy services are provided at Hokitika, Greymouth, Reefton and Buller.

Physiotherapy services provide one to one assessment, treatment and education sessions following referral from another health professional (GP, LMC midwife). Physiotherapy can sometimes help with back pain and postural issues during pregnancy, low abdominal discomfort, carpal tunnel syndrome and weak pelvic floor (continence issues).

Physiotherapists present at pregnancy and parenting classes (30 - 45 minute session) in Greymouth and Hokitika.

Contact your LMC midwife or GP for a referral to physiotherapy services.

Lactation Services

West Coast Breastfeeding Handbook

The West Coast Breastfeeding Handbook (as pictured on the right) was developed with help of many West Coast mums and launched in August 2012.

Your LMC midwife will give you a copy of this handbook during your pregnancy. You can also download a copy by clicking this link.

Breastfeeding Advice, McBrearty Ward, Greymouth

Baby Jessica looking adoringly at her mother
Baby Jessica looking adoringly
at her mother

McBrearty Ward is part of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global campaign of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The goal is to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. This campaign recognises that implementing best practice in health services is crucial to the success of programmes. Best practice is represented by 'The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding' (The Ten Steps), which were first published in a joint WHO/UNICEF statement in 1989 - Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: The Special Role of Maternity Services.

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

    Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

  • Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  • Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
  • Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  • Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour or birth.
  • Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
  • Give newborn infants of breastfeeding mothers no food or drink other than breastmilk, unless medically indicated.
  • Practise rooming-in - allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day.
  • Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  • Give no artificial teats of pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
  • Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital.

During your stay in McBrearty Ward breastfeeding advice and support is provided. Further, three McBrearty Ward staff are trained lactation consultants.

Further breastfeeding support services are provided in the community free of charge:

Mum4Mum Breastfeeding Supporters

Mum4Mum breastfeeding supporters are mums who have breastfed themselves, have completed training with the West Coast Primary Health Organisation (PHO), and are keen to support other mums in their breastfeeding challenges.

BABES in Arms Breastfeeding Support Groups

BABES in Arms breastfeeding support groups are held in Westport, Reefton, Cobden, Greymouth, & Hokitika once a month.

This breastfeeding group can be contacted via Facebook Facebook.

breastfeeding mother

West Coast Primary Health Organisation


Raewyn Johnson, IBCLC

phone Phone:
(03) 789-6857
Raewyn Johnson
Raewyn Johnson
027 288 0269

Erin Turley, (Grey & Westland)

phone Phone:
(03) 768-6182
Erin Turley
Erin Turley
027 288 0392

Maternal Mental Health

Being pregnant and becoming a new mum can be an anxious time. If you have any concerns around your mental health during pregnancy, you can be referred for support and advice to the maternal mental health service. Your GP or LMC midwife can refer you, or you can refer yourself.

Robyn Atkinson is the resource person with the Mothers and Babies Mental Health Service in Christchurch and can refer to this service if required.


Robyn Atkinson
Mental Health Service

street address Street Address:
PO Box 387
Robyn Atkinson
Robyn Atkinson
phone Phone:
(03) 789-7896
mobile Mobile:
021 045 0962

The following links may also be helpful

Newborn Hearing Screening

This screening programme is designed for early detection of babies with moderate to severe hearing loss. The West Coast DHB has two fully trained and certified newborn hearing screeners – Barbara Roberts and Mary Sullivan, both based at Grey Base Hospital.

If you birth at McBrearty Ward this screening usually takes place prior to you and baby going home. However, if your baby is born at home your LMC midwife will refer your baby for hearing screening within the first week. Babies need to be settled or asleep prior to screening taking place and the mother is present.

Screening clinics are held in Westport as required.

Newborn Hearing Screening Barbara Roberts and Mary Sullivan
Grey Base Hospital newborn hearing screeners


Barbara Roberts / Mary Sullivan

phone Phone:
(03) 769-7803

Interpreter Services

If one of your family / whanau members is a non-native speaker of English, please inform staff so that interpreting services can be arranged.

Well Child Services

Well Child / Tamariki Ora services are offered free to all New Zealand children from birth to five years. They provide you with the knowledge and skills to respond to your child’s needs at the different stages of their development so you can give your child the best start in life to:

  • Provide reassurance that your child is developing normally, through growth and development assessments.
  • Provide you with health education and screening to detecting problems early and supporting you to access the most appropriate care.
  • Support and help you to identify your needs as a parent, and link you with community and other services...
Plunket Logo

    From four-to-six weeks to three years, there are a number of Well Child health checks available from your Plunket nurse at important stages in your child's life:

  • 4 - 6 weeks
  • 8 - 10 weeks
  • 3 - 4 months
  • 5 - 7 months
  • 9 - 12 months
  • 15 -18 months
  • 2 - 3 years

If you have child health and parenting questions or queries, for example questions about such issues as parenting, crying, sleeping, your child's growth, development, behaviour, immunisation, breastfeeding, nutrition, oral health, safety or want to know more about the Well Child / Tamariki Ora programme...

For even more info visit the Well Child section on our 'Pregnancy and Parenting Support Groups' page.


Westport Clinic

phone Phone:
(03) 789-7125

Greymouth Clinic

phone Phone:
(03) 768-7249

Hokitika Clinic

phone Phone:
(03) 755-6332

Plunket also provides a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week telephone advice service:


phone Phone:
(0800) 933-922
internet addressWebsite Address: