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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.

Health Sector Scholarships and Studentships

2014 WCDHB Scholarships and Studentships

The West Coast District Health Board is pleased to announce the West Coast Scholarship and Studentship Awards for 2014.

These awards will be offered to tertiary students who are studying in health-related careers and have resided on the West Coast.

By supporting the community, the West Coast District Health Board encourages a future health workforce.

Follow the links below to find out more about this year’s scholarships and studentships.

WCDHB Scholarships programme 2014 details

WCDHB Studentships programme 2014 details

2013 WCDHB Census - Snapshot of Census Info now available

The West Coast DHB has released a quick snapshot of the latest census data available. Statistics New Zealand is yet to release all of the data from the 2013 Census, but early results of the census indicate how the profile of our population has changed. Consideration of these changes is crucial to the planning of future health services on the West Coast.

2013 West Coast Census

First set of West Coast Quality Accounts produced

Quality Accounts are designed to give prominence to the reporting of quality of care, alongside the traditional reporting of financial performance. The Health Quality & Safety Commission views the Quality Accounts as a great opportunity for DHBs to engage with their public and communicate the ways in which quality is at the centre of their service

Congratulations to the team who produced our first set of Quality Accounts. A review of all the Quality Accounts prepared by DHBs said that the West Coast's Quality Accounts demonstrated the breadth of activities related to quality and safety that the organisation is undertaking. They also commented that the publication was well-written and used a good balance of user-friendly language for the general reader.


Needing to Travel for Health Care?

Do you have to travel for health care?

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

West Coast DHB Serious Adverse Event Report for 2012-13

Each year DHBs are required to release information relating to serious adverse events which have occurred within their hospitals.

A serious event is one which has led to significant harm and additional treatment; and a sentinel event has led to an unexpected death or major loss of function. The DHB is required to review these events and report them to the Health, Quality & Safety Commission. The Commission then collates this information and it is published on their website.

The West Coast DHB’s serious adverse event report for 2012-13 was released on the 21st November 2013. There were 10 events reported through to the Commission.

WCDHB Chair & Chief Executive Delighted With New Health Facilities Announcement

Canterbury and West Coast District Health Board chief executive, David Meates, says this is the news the community and WCDHB staff have been waiting for, for a very long time.

“We have been given the green-light to proceed with planning for a new hospital and an adjoining Integrated Family Health Centre to be built on the current Grey Hospital site.

The planned completion date is by the end of 2016.

The Government has approved a budget of $60 million for this development in Greymouth.

“In Westport, it’s full steam ahead to design an Integrated Family Health Centre, and we will be seeking private-sector partners to develop this with us.


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):

Share For Care

Last updated: 16 November 2012

Click here to visit the Share for Care website

Share for Care is a system where you can allow health professionals involved in your care access to an electronic summary of key parts of your general practice health records.

Your main medical records are held at your general practice, but often other members of the team need that information to ensure that they make, in conjunction with you and/or your family, the best decisions for your care.

If you decide that you do not wish to participate in Share for Care, please inform your general practitioner, or call FREE PHONE 0508 837 872

To find out more about Share for Care please visit our Share For Care website. This also provides you with answers to frequently asked questions as well as with instructions on what you need to do if you don't want to participate in Share For Care. Of course, if you have any further questions about Share for Care, you can also ask your general practice or pharmacy staff.

Please also find out more about Share for Care by reading our latest media-release (click here to read it now).

For further information visit www.shareforcare.health.nz

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
(July - September 2014)

Committee Date Time Venue When downloadable papers
become available:
combined meeting
24 July
09.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download: CPHAC | DSAC
HAC Thu,
24 July
11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
24 July
02.00 pm Kahurangi Meeting Room,
Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Board Fri,
8 August
10.00 am St Johns, Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth Now available for download
combined meeting
11 September
09.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
9 September,
09:00 am
HAC Thu,
11 September
11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
9 September,
11:00 am
Board Fri,
26 September
10.00 am St Johns, Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth Wed,
24 September,
10:00 am
Buller Older Persons' Health Project

WCDHB Maternity Services Websection

The new WCDHB Maternity Services section provides comprehensive information about the maternity services offered across the West Coast region on the South Island of New Zealand.

Hot Off the Press

08-08-2014 Reefton community invited to discuss health services

A public meeting on Thursday 21 August marks the beginning of an important conversation with the Reefton community on the way to provide targeted, integrated, high quality health services to ensure the wellbeing of Reefton's population. more

07-08-2014 Vulnerable urged to get flu shots

Reports of the number of flu cases on the West Coast rising have prompted local health professionals to urge everyone, particularly pregnant women, older people and those with other health conditions, to get immunised. more

06-08-2014 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal

Launching at Greymouth Hospital on 8 August, Countdown stores will be working alongside their local children's wards to host fundraising activities. more

29-07-2014 Charity walk and cycle to raise funds

Get your walking shoes and bikes out for the annual West Coast DHB's Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Charity Walk on Saturday 9 August. more

10-07-2014 Health sector opportunities for students

The West Coast District Health Board is reaffirming its commitment to the next generation of health tertiary students with the 2014 West Coast Health Scholarship and Studentship Awards. more

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

What's New on this Website?

08-08-2014 Added Public Health Plan for 2014-15 (WCDHB, CDHB)

Added Public Health Plan for 2014-15 and older versions: view here

01-08-2014 Added a new webpage to introduce our Buller Older Persons' Health project

We’re starting a conversation with the Buller community about older persons’ health services [including but not limited to aged residential care services], and how we might best plan ahead to meet the needs of the older population in Buller into the future.

15-07-2014 Added the South Island Health Service Plan for 2014-17

South Island Health Service Plan for 2014-17 and older versions: view here

14-07-2014 Added Māori Health Plan for 2014-15

Māori Health Plans for 2014-15 and older versions: view here

Christchurch Earthquake Information

Earthquake information page

Select the following link to find out how to better cope after an earthquake struck.

Highly recommended reading if you live in Christchurch or if you know somebody in Christchurch who has been affected.

Latest earthquake related media release

Events Calendar

Public events previously listed on our site have now moved to the West Coast's most comprehensive events calendar www.westcoastnz.com.

The WestCoastNZ.com events calendar provides not only a comprehensive and up-to-date set of events notifications, but also allows you to search for particular events or sort events by date, and even filter events by category.

Give it a try. We are confident that you will find this a very valuable resource.

View all upcoming events listed on WestCoastNZ

Other useful days and calendar resources:


Low Fees
at all
Primary Care Practices

The West Coast DHB has implemented the Very Low Cost Access scheme for patients at all its primary care practices. This helps keep fees very low for people who can least afford primary health care and improve health outcomes for those likely to have the worst health.

Patients enrolled with the West Coast PHO can have a standard consultation in normal clinic hours for the costs below.

  • $0.00 for children under six years of age;
  • $11.50 for children 6 - 17 years;
  • $17.00 for adults aged 18 years and over.

Pandemic Influenza
Current Alert Status


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>>More about the Pandemic Influenza Alert Status

>>More about the Swine Influenza

>>H1N1 Flu Media Releases