This page is primarily aimed at explaining to patients what they need to know when needing treatment at Buller Health.
Buller Health is an integrated health unit housing all of the West Coast DHB services for Westport and Northern Buller. It services an area from Punakaiki in the south to Karamea in the north, and Inangahua Junction in the east. Specialist services for Buller patients are provided by scheduled clinics through our Outpatients Department and from Grey Base Hospital, which is 100 km away.
Models of Care
Buller Health uses a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Our health professionals work together and with other providers of health services based in the Buller community. We recognise that lateral thinking and collaboration are the key to delivering excellent services in rural communities.
Buller Health brings together the primary practice, inpatient care, community services, allied health, care of the elderly, outpatient services, maternity services and residential care to name a few. The Buller Health Plan identifies the health priorities for our community and provides information on our core services and our future focused work, such as chronic disease management.
- Primary practice of 7,000+ enrolled patients
- 8 bed acute medical ward (Foote Ward)
- A & E department
- Outpatients department serviced by visiting specialists
- 17 bed long stay ward (Dunsford Ward)
- Palliative care unit (Kowhai)
- 4 bed birthing unit (Kawatiri)
- 26 bed residential care 1 bed carer support facility (Kynnersley Home)
- X-ray department
- Occupational therapy unit
- Physiotherapy department
- District Nurses
- Public Health Nurse
- Social Worker and Field Workers
- Health promoters - sexual health, cervical screening, diabetes educator, cardiac and respiratory nurse specialists
The unit includes:
There are two entranceways to Buller Health - one in Derby Street to the primary practice - Buller Health Medical Centre, and the other in Cobden Street to the A & E, Outpatients, Foote Ward and Dunsford Ward.
We all work for the one business unit - Buller Health and will direct patients to the most appropriate provider of services.
A & E provide emergency services 24/7. It is staffed by Registered Nurses with an On Call GP.
Outpatients provides specialist clinics on a roster basis. The Specialists travel from Greymouth to attend.
Foote Ward is the Acute Medical Ward managed by a team of dedicated Registered and Enrolled Nurses along with a rostered GP from the practice.
Dunsford Ward is the continuing care ward supervised by a Clinical Nurse Manager with a team of Enrolled Nurses and Caregivers.
On site is a 30 bed residential home called Kynnersley. A Clinical Nurse Manager supervises a team of Enrolled Nurses and Caregivers.
Planned Birthing Services
Kawatiri is available for planned births where pregnant women are assessed as being low risk. Contact your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) to discuss if this applies to you. Mums-to-be choose their LMC through the Find Your Midwife website (www.findyourmidwife.co.nz). Kawatiri is also available for Buller women who want to transfer back to the district for post natal care.
Allied Health and Community Services provide an interdisciplinary approach to both inpatient and community patient care.
The Buller Health Team work closely with their colleagues in Greymouth to provide seamless care.
Immigration New Zealand approved clinic
Buller Health is an Immigration New Zealand approved clinic that provides medical examinations for applicants for visas and permits for New Zealand.
Blood tests can be taken at your appointment but X-Rays require a separate appointment at Greymouth or Buller Hospital Radiology.
Immigration New Zealand requires all applicants to have an acceptable standard of health. For more information on the requirements of Immigration New Zealand, click here.
Our price for a standard Immigration medical examination is $185.00.
X-Ray and Laboratory tests will incur an additional cost.
Please allow at least 60 minutes for your appointment.
What you need to bring along:
- Your passport
- Any specialist reports / previous medical records that you may have with you.
All Immigration medical examinations done at our clinic are electronically submitted to Immigration New Zealand.
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.
Buller Health Contacts
Manager Buller Health
Phone: (03) 788-9203
Corner of Derby Street and Cobden Street (entrance on Cobden Street),
Reception phone: (03) 788-9030
Buller Health Medical Centre Reception
Corner of Derby Street and Pakington Street (entrance on Derby Street),
Reception phone: (03) 788-9277
Monday to Friday:
08:30am - 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday:
2:00pm - 4:00pm.
Sexual Health Clinics
We offer the following services:
- Genital Herpes
- Genital Warts
- HIV / Aids
- Vaginal Infections
- Emergency Contraceptive Pill
- Educate about conditions & their consequences
- Discuss safer sex, sexual abuse & other issues
- Counsel individuals & couples
- HIV testing counselling
- Pregnancy testing
- Contact tracing trace partners to ensure their treatment, where necessary
- Free Condoms
NOTE: All information given at the clinic will remain confidential
This service is fully funded; therefore no charges will apply for the above services.
Outpatients Department, Buller Health
(Nurse Led Clinic only)
Wednesdays, Walk in Clinic from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
Telephone (03) 788-9030, Ext 8756 during Clinic hours.