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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.

West Coast DHB's
Quality Accounts 2015 publication

Focus on Patients 2015 - Quality Accounts 2015 publication

We invite you to read our latest edition of the Quality Accounts 2015 newsletter (published yearly).

Have you considered becoming a blood donor?

Images taken from the poster
  • 3000 donations are needed each and every week.
  • 5 Kiwis need blood or blood products every hour.
  • One donation can save up to 3 lives.

Come and help us save lives... on the West Coast

Click on the link below for further details such as donor venues and dates.

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

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.

Announcing Scholarships and Studentships Recipients for 2015

Click here to find out who has been awarded scholarships and studentships for 2015.

To find out more about these opportunities please use the links below:

Scholarship programme page

Studentship programme page

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.

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.

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
(October - December 2015)

Committee Date Time Venue When downloadable papers
become available:
combined meeting
22 October 2015
09.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download: CPHAC | DSAC
HAC 22 October 2015 11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
22 October 2015
03.00 pm West Coast PHO, 163 Mackay Street, Greymouth Now available for download
Board Fri,
6 November 2015
10:15 am St John,
Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth
Now available for download
combined meeting
3 December 2015
09.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download: CPHAC | DSAC
HAC Thu,
3 December 2015
11.00 am Board Room,
Corporate Offices, Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth
Now available for download
Tatau Pounamu
Advisory Group
3 December 2015
03.00 pm St John,
Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth
1 December,
03:00 pm
Board Fri,
11 December 2015
10:15 am St John,
Waterwalk Rd, Greymouth
9 December,
10:15 am
New Facilities for Greymouth and Buller by 2017
Making Healthy Choices! The WCDHB is increasing the availability of healthy options in our cafes and vending machines
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

19-10-2015 Great strides for South Westland

One participant lost 21.3kg, several others lost between 8 and 11kg, Fox Glacier was awarded top town and the winning team from Whataroa walked the equivalent of 4107.1km in the South Westland 100 day challenge. more

08-10-2015 Take care when gardening!

West Coasters are being urged to follow some simple steps in order to avoid getting a serious illness linked to gardening. more

21-09-2015 DHB to update South Westland community

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

16-09-2015 West Coast tops in newborn GP enrolments

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

31-08-2015 Changes to Buller older persons' health services finalised

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

25-08-2015 West Coast DHB meets majority of health targets

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

13-08-2015 Health sector opportunities for students

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

31-07-2015 Patients to receive text reminders

The West Coast District Health Board will send out reminder texts to patients with specialist appointments from next week. more

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

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