West Coast Healthcare
A base hospital in Greymouth is supported by medical centres in Buller, Reefton, Hokitika and five south Westland locations.
District Health Board
Health services in the West Coast region provided by Westcoast DHB
There is one hospital in the Westcoast region, Grey Base Hospital in Greymouth.
All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.
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.
Check the West Coast DHB site to find health services near you.
Mental Health Services
Mental healthcare services in the West Coast region are provided by West Coast DHB. Look on their website for details
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 West Coast region. Check on the Ministry of Health website to see what is available in your area.
After Hours Medical
To get seen after hours, either contact the Greymouth Hospital Accident and Emergency department, or call a local GP (See above).
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.
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. 0800 725 463
Hospice is specialist care is given to those with life-limiting illness. Buller West Coast Home Hospice Trust provides hospice care in the West Coast free of charge and in the setting of their choice.