Good healthcare services are available in Gisborne city, including a hospital. If you live elsewhere in the region however, you’ll have to travel for your medical care.
District Health Board
Health services in the Gisborne region are provided by Hauora Tairāwhiti.
There is one hospital in the Gisborne region:
To find private hospitals in this region search on this Ministry of Health webpage:
All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.
Local Health Centres and doctors (GPs)
Doctors (GPs) are fully trained medical doctors who can advise you on your health and refer you for further tests or specialist treatment if needed. GPs are registered with a Primary Health Organisation (PHO).
Enrolling with your local doctor will save you money and help keep you and your family healthy.
To find a PHO and GPs in the Gisborne region use the links below.
Mental Health Services
Mental healthcare services in the Gisborne region are provided by Hauora Tairāwhiti. Look on their website for details.
For urgent assistance after normal hours 7 days a week ring 0800 800 717, or ring Healthline on 0800 611 116.
After hours help
If you are feeling unwell or need some urgent medical advice, Healthline offers a 24 hour health service over the phone. You can call them on 0800 611 116.
The Plunket Society (Plunket) offers information, support and developmental assessments of children at varying stages between birth and 5 years. They also organise car seat education services, parenting education and parenting groups. See the link below for services in your area.
Plunket also offers a free parent helpline and advice service available to all families and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 933 922 for parenting help.
Having a baby
There are various options available for giving birth in the Gisborne region. Check on the Ministry of Health website to see what is available in your area.
Senior Line is a phone service and online portal with information for older people and their carers who are making decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, day care options and rest homes. Call 0800 725 463 or visit their website.
Hospice is specialist care given to those with life-limiting illness. Hospice Tairawhiti provides hospice care in the region free of charge and in the setting of their choice.