Good healthcare services are available in the region. Facilities include hospitals in Invercargill and Gore. However depending on your condition and where you live, you may have to travel for treatment.
District Heath Board
Health services in the Southland region are provided by Southern DHB
The main hospital in this region is Southland Hospital in Invercargill. There is also a hospital in Gore. Check this website for more details
There is one private hospital in Southland - Southern Cross Hospital, which is based in Invercargill.
Doctors (GPs) and local health centres
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 GPs in the Southland region use the Southern PHO site. To find out if a GP is currently taking on new patients, you will need to phone Southern PHO on 03 214 6436.
All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.
Mental Health Services
Mental health services in Southland are provided by the Southern District DHB. Look on their website for details
After Hours Medical
For information about after hours healthcare in the Southland region go to the WellSouth PHO website.
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 rental schemes, parenting education and parenting groups. See these links 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 Southland 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.
Hospice is specialist care is given to those with life-limiting illness. Hospice Southland provides hospice care in Southland and the Wakatipu Basin free of charge and in the setting of their choice.