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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.

Important Update:
Infant Formula Contamination Threat

Updated: 10 March 2015

Information for Health Professionals and Parents

Please click here to visit our Infant Formula Contamination Threat section for important updates and key links.

Infant Formula Contamination Threat section

Important Update:
Planned birthing service recommences in Buller

Updated: 2 March 2015

The planned birthing service for pregnant women who are assessed as being low risk recommences in the Kawatiri Birthing Unit from today. More...

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.


Community Updates

Thursday, 15 December 2014

Early Concept Design of the new hospital

New hospital and IFHC concept designs

Early drawings of the new Grey Hospital and adjoining Integrated Family Health Centre have been unveiled to the public at a community meeting in Greymouth. Links to those drawings and associated information are provided here.


West Coast Quality Accounts 2013/14 published

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.

Health Sector Scholarships and Studentships

2014 WCDHB Scholarships and Studentships

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

These sponsorships have been awarded to tertiary students who are studying in health-related careers and have resided on the West Coast.

Click here to find out who has been awarded scholarships and studentships this year.

WCDHB Scholarships programme 2014 details

WCDHB Studentships programme 2014 details

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.

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 2015)

Committee Date Time Venue When downloadable papers
become available:
combined meeting
12 March
09.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download: CPHAC | DSAC
HAC Thu,
12 March
11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
12 March
03.00 pm Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Board Fri,
27 March
10.15 am St Johns, Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth Now available for download
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
16 April 2015
03.00 pm Kahurangi Meeting Room,
Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
14 April,
03:00 pm
combined meeting
23 April 2015
09.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
21 April,
09:00 am
HAC Thu,
23 April 2015
11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
21 April,
11:00 am
Board Fri,
8 May 2015
10:15 am St Johns, Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth Wed,
6 May,
10:15 am
Reefton Health Services Conversation
Buller Older Persons' Health Project
Buller Older Persons' Health Project

Want to stay healthy or even improve your health? Then why not participate in our Low Impact Physical Activity Classes (available at locations up and down the West Coast) - These are perfectly suited for the more able amongst the elderly.

Click here to find out more...

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.

Get immunised against flu

Get immunised against flu

For more information, visit the Fight Flu Website.

Hot Off the Press

02-03-2015 Kawatiri planned birthing recommences

The planned birthing service for pregnant women who are assessed as being low risk recommences in the Kawatiri Birthing Unit from today. more

24-02-2015 Pasifika representative sought

Talofa! Malo e lelei! Bula! The West Coast DHB Consumer Council is looking for a Pasifika representative, to fill a current vacancy. more

10-02-2015 Innovations attract midwives to the Coast

Innovative support packages being offered to self-employed Lead Maternity Care (LMC) midwives are attracting new midwives to the Coast. more

26-01-2015 Planned birthing to recommence in Buller

A new provider has been contracted by the West Coast District Health Board to run the Buller Hospital's Kawatiri Birthing Unit, Chief Executive David Meates announced today. more

26-11-2014 West Coast DHB improves on health targets

The West Coast District Health Board once again leads the country's DHBs in the health targets for shorter stays in emergency departments, achieving 100%. more

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