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.
Postgraduate Study Funding
HWNZ Funding for postgraduate nursing study in 2016
Added: 9 September 2015
Applications for HWNZ funding for postgraduate nursing study are now open.
The close date is the 9th of October 2015. All nurses wanting to study in semester 1 will need to have applications in by the close date for consideration.
To find out more, click here...
Zero GP and Prescription Fees for Under 13s
If your child is under 13 years and enrolled with a general practice team then getting medical care from today could be a whole lot cheaper.
West Coast Primary Health Organisation Executive Officer Helen Reriti says the scheme has been introduced around the country to improve access to healthcare for primary and intermediate school children.
"Introducing zero fees for under 13s will ensure they can get the care they need when they need it and avoid possible complications and visits to the hospital emergency department," Ms Reriti says.
Health Sector Scholarships and Studentships
The West Coast District Health Board are very pleased to be able to offer the Sponsorship Awards in the form of Studentships and Scholarships to West Coast students who are studying at a NZ University or Polytechnic in a health related undergraduate career.
West Coast DHB has provided a number of Scholarships and Studentships over the past years to assist students in our community with their journey towards an exciting health career.
To find out more about these opportunities please use the links below:
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.
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.
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?
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
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
Download the poster and the 'Clinic Dates Schedule'' for more information (link provided just below):
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Upcoming Board & Committee Meetings
(August - September 2015)
|Committee||Date||Time||Venue||When downloadable papers
22 October 2015
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
|HAC||22 October 2015||11.00 am||
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
22 October 2015
|03.00 pm||The Whare, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth||
6 November 2015
Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth
Hot Off the Press
Representatives of the West Coast District Health Board will present an update to the South Westland community at a meeting in Franz Josef next Wednesday night. more
The West Coast Primary Health Organisation has achieved 100% (74 babies in total) enrolments of newborns with general practices, top-ranked in the country in the latest figures released. more
Following nearly a year of conversations with the community and staff in Buller, the West Coast District Health Board will introduce new community-based positions and will soon close the DHB-operated Kynnersley Rest Home in Westport. more
The West Coast District Health Board has met five out of seven national health targets, topping the country in one target and narrowly missing two targets by eight and two patients respectively. more
The West Coast District Health Board is again offering its commitment to the next generation of health tertiary students with the 2015 West Coast Health Scholarship and Studentship Awards. more
The West Coast District Health Board will send out reminder texts to patients with specialist appointments from next week. more
Health officials are urging West Coasters to get their flu vaccination after a recent sharp rise in cases of influenza-like illness. more
Plans for the new Grey Base Hospital and Integrated Family Health Centre are now well into the "Developed Design" phase and at this stage it is anticipated that the first sod will be turned in late October. more
If your child is under 13 years and enrolled with a general practice team then getting medical care from today could be a whole lot cheaper. more
South Westland locals are putting their hands up for a 100 day challenge to get more active, starting on Wednesday 1 July. more
Plans are being made to ensure the appropriate placement and care of the people displaced from their aged residential care home, Ultimate Care Allen Bryant, due to last week's flooding. more