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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.

Keep Healthy - Upcoming Activities & Meetings

Play the wellbeing game
Un-knot me - Coming to grips with anxiety

Postgraduate Study Funding

HWNZ Funding for postgraduate nursing study in 2015

Update: Applications for 2015 Postgraduate funding are now closed.

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.


Thank you to all who applied. We will contact you when the Selection Panel have made their decision.

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 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.

Wondered about parking facilities?

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.

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
(October - December 2014)

Committee Date Time Venue When downloadable papers
become available:
combined meeting
23 October
09.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download: CPHAC | DSAC
HAC Thu,
23 October
11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
23 October
01.30 pm Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Board Fri,
31 October
10.15 am West Coast Regional Council Now available for download
combined meeting
27 November
09.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
25 November,
09:00 am
HAC Thu,
27 November
11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
25 November,
11:00 am
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
4 December
03.00 pm Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
2 December,
03:00 pm
Board Fri,
12 December
10.00 am St Johns, Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth Wed,
10 December,
10:00 am
Reefton Health Services Conversation
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

30-10-2014 Making Our Hospitals Safer

The Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand report 'Making Our Hospitals Safer' was released today. more

23-10-2014 No increase for routine consultations

Fees for routine consultations with your own West Coast District Health Board general practice will not change with the new fee schedule being introduced next month. more

17-10-2014 West Coast gears up for Ebola

The West Coast District Health Board is ensuring it is prepared for Ebola, in line with national and international preparations in case the disease reaches New Zealand. more

15-10-2014 Retailer breaks law selling tobacco to underaged

A tobacco retailer in the Grey District could face a fine of $500 after they were caught selling cigarettes to an underage customer. more

02-10-2014 Grey Hospital to get new CT scanner

Grey Base Hospital's new $800,000 CT scanner arrives soon and should be installed and operational by Thursday 16 October. more

10-09-2014 Buller Older Persons' Health options discussed

Improving community and residential care, enhancing staff recruitment/retention, addressing housing inadequacies and better links between agencies are issues for Buller Older Persons' Health services. more

04-09-2014 West Coast leads Australasia in systemic fight against infections

In a first for Australasia, the West Coast DHB is using software in both its hospitals and general practices that could help identify any superbug outbreaks and will track resistance to antibiotics. more

03-09-2014 New E-Incident Management Project Kicks into Action!

Work has now commenced on a new electronic incident management system for South Island DHBs; a project which promises to improve patient safety outcomes and support a reduction in all types of risk for DHB patients, staff and visitors across the region. more

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

What's New on this Website?

30-10-2014 Serious and Sentinel events reports for WCDHB

The West Coast DHB’s serious adverse event report for 2013-14 was released on the 30th October 2014. There were 12 events reported through to the Commission.
The West Coast DHB's serious adverse event report for 2013-14

07-10-2014 Report to the Community newsletter section

The link to the Winter 2014 edition of our Report to the Community newsletter is:
Winter 2014 (July) edition

07-10-2014 WCDHB's staff newsletter now also available on our public website

The link to the latest editions of our CE Update newsletter is:
CE Update

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.

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;
  • $17.50 for adults aged 18 years and over.

Pandemic Influenza
Current Alert Status


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>>More about the Pandemic Influenza Alert Status