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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.

Staff Consultation Paper on the future direction of health of older persons' services in Buller

9 July 2015

Confidential feedback is welcome on the proposals outlined in this document.

Details on how you can have your say are on page seven of the consultation document.

Feedback is to be received by 5pm on Thursday 6 August 2015.

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

2014 WCDHB 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:

Scholarship programme page

Studentship programme page

JUST IN - - - 24 April 2015

Draft West Coast DHB Strategic Disability Action Plan & Questionnaire

Please read any of the resources linked to below and give your feedback in the questionnaire to help us get our health services for people with disabilities right.

Resources (pick ONE)

Consultation Questionnaire

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.

THE FUTURE OF WEST COAST COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES

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.

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?

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.
www.hqsc.govt.nz

The West Coast DHBs 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
(June - August 2015)

Committee Date Time Venue When downloadable papers
become available:
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
Thu,
25 June 2015
03.00 pm Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Board Fri,
26 June 2015
10:15 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
CPHAC/DSAC
combined meeting
Thu,
23 July 2015
09.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download: CPHAC | DSAC
HAC Thu,
23 July 2015
11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Board Fri,
7 August 2015
10:15 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Wed,
5 August,
10:15 am
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
Thu,
20 August 2015
03.00 pm Kahurangi Meeting Room,
Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Tue,
18 August,
03:00 pm
This page provides links to updates for residents who were recently displaced from their home at aged residential care home Ultimate Care Allen Bryant in Hokitika, because of the recent flooding.
New Facilities for Greymouth and Buller by 2017
Buller Older Persons' Health Project
Reefton Health Services Conversation
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

27-07-2015 Flu arrives on West Coast

Health officials are urging West Coasters to get their flu vaccination after a recent sharp rise in cases of influenza-like illness. more

24-07-2015 Plans for new Grey health facilities progressing

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

01-07-2015 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. more

26-06-2015 South Westland challenged to get active

South Westland locals are putting their hands up for a 100 day challenge to get more active, starting on Wednesday 1 July. more

26-06-2015 Planning underway for Allen Bryant residents

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

12-06-2015 DHB announces changes to Buller older persons' health services

The West Coast District Health Board has announced plans to strengthen and enhance home-based services for older peop`le and shift away from the provision of aged residential care facilities in Buller. more

05-06-2015 Priorities identified by the community and the West Coast District Health Board's direction of travel for older persons' health services in Buller will be outlined at a public meeting in Westport next week.

West Coast District Health Board Chief Executive David Meates will present at the meeting, being held at the NBS Theatre on Thursday 11 June from 1 - 2pm. more

26-05-2015 West Coast health system makes spectacular gains in key health targets

The West Coast health system has improved its performance in most of the Government's health target categories thanks to efforts of teams across the Coast health system. more

25-05-2015 Warren & Mahoney to lead Buller IFHC design team

Warren & Mahoney Architects will lead the design team for the new Buller Integrated Family Health Centre (IFHC). more

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