COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Information about changes at West Coast DHB Grey Base Hospital and health centres can be found on our dedicated COVID-19 Information page

Most services have moved back to Buller Health

The services that have moved back are: Buller Medical Centre, Phlebotomy (blood testing), Community Mental Health, Community Services, Radiology and District Nursing.

The following services will continue to operate from the temporary facility at Club Buller, 44 Queen Street until later this week:

The temporary Foote Ward, Acute Assessment, Patients and Emergency Care 24/7, Maternity, West Coast DHB’s Westport Emergency Operations Centre

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Last updated:
28 July 2021

Most services have moved back to Buller Health. This includes:

  • Buller Medical Centre – This facility will be open to patients from 9am to 4:30pm. Initially it will continue to operate as a drop-in centre with no appointments necessary this week
  • Phlebotomy (blood testing)
  • Community mental health
  • Community services (Please enter via main entrance on Cobden Street)
  • District Nursing
  • Radiology

The following services will continue to operate from the temporary facility at Club Buller, 44 Queen Street until later this week:

  • The temporary Foote Ward
  • Acute Assessment
  • Patients and Emergency Care 24/7
  • Maternity
  • West Coast DHB’s Westport Emergency Operations Centre

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Please continue to phone us on our usual phone numbers 788 9030 and 788 9277 and your calls will be redirected as appropriate

Official Information Act response

373 documents.

CAMHS / Eating disorder – Official Information Act Request Response

* how many people were referred to CAMHS in the last year with a suspected eating disorder
* how many were accepted for treatment
* how many required inpatient care
* how many were accepted to an inpatient unit
* how many are awaiting a place at an inpatient unit.

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PET-CT scans – Official Information Act Request Response

How many PET CT scans have been referred per year the past 3 years? How many PET CT scans have been referred this year so far? What percentage of the patients being referred are Maori? What is the average cost per PET CT scan referral?

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Waitlist psychiatric services – Official Information Act Request Response

“Can you please provide the number of people on the waiting list for psychiatric services, including eating disorder services, by DHB, as at 20 March 2021?”

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Mental Health Services – Official Information Request Response

Community Mental Health Services – Child and adolescent metal health; and (Te Haika) Mental Health Crisis response. DHB Mental Health Services Admissions, waitlists, number of psychologists employed by the DHB

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Joint replacement / Ear, Nose, Throat referrals – Official Information Act Request Response

Referrals by GP for Joint replacement 2017 and 2020 calendar years etc. Criteria for Joint surgery. Semi-urgent referrals from GP to Ears, nose and Throat how many seen by a specialist?

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Complaints ARC (Aged Care facilities) – Official Information Act Request Response

1. Copies of all complaints received about aged care facilities/rest homes since January 1 2020, and all related correspondence, reports, documents and memoranda. 2. Copies of any reports, documents, memoranda, correspondence, legal advice or emails, both internal and external regarding how aged care facilities/rest homes and their residents fared during Covid-19 related restrictions (such as lockdowns but also ongoing visitor restrictions), including any concern about the impact on residents, or staffing levels.

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Cyber security

Agendas/minutes past 3 years re cyber security (IT, ICT). Copies of any relevant risk registers that provide info re cyber (ITC, IT, info tech, data and digital) security and/or risks at any time in the last 3 years. And DHB response to DG Dr Bloomfield’s letter to DHBs dated 24 July 2020. Copies of risk registers.

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Psychometric testing – Recruitment

The details of any psychometric testing undertaken as part of staff recruitment, training, resourcing or outsourcing – including as undertaken by outside recruitment firms.

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Gift register, Conflict of Interest.

1. Please provide the gift registers held by the DHB about gifts / contributions/received items given to DHB employees (including medical professionals) for the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016. 2.Please provide records held regarding of any flights provided, paid for or subsidised by pharmaceutical or medical equipment companies to employees of the DHB (including medical professionals) in the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016. 3.Please provide any information the DHB holds regarding professional affiliations, board roles or advisory positions held by employees of the DHB (including medical professionals) in connection to pharmaceutical or medical equipment companies. If possible, break these affiliations down by the following years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

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SMO Christmas leave

The total number of annual leave days taken by (all) Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) in your employ in each of the following months for each DHB (WCDHB and CDHB) separately: a. December 2020 b. January 2021

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Mental Health Greymouth

All reports, minutes, plans, emails and other correspondence relating to the business case for a new mental health facility in Greymouth.

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PSMA/Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen

Is PSMA (Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen) PET-CT funded by the DHB or only available privately? If publicly funded, please can you advise whether there are criteria that must be met. For example:
∙ For staging of high risk and unfavourable intermediate risk prostate cancer before definitive local therapy. ∙ For restaging of PSA recurrence (≥0.2ng/ml).

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ICU costs ineligible / foreign patients

A summary of the costs of hospital intensive care services provided to those not entitled to NZ free health care (ineligible patients). The cost summary should include reference to the number of days or hours in intensive care. Information to cover the last three years.

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HPV Vaccine in schools

1. I wondered if I could request some information regarding the HPV vaccine in schools?
2. How many schools are part of the HPV immunisation programme in NZ
3. How many schools are not part of the HPV immunisation programme in NZ? Which ones?

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HPV Vaccine in schools

HPV Gardasil Vaccine: Number of schools refusing school based immunisation programme for this vaccine.

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Maternity – Official Information Act Request Response

In the last year: Any correspondence between the WCDHB, the Ministry of Health and the Health Quality and Safety Commission about maternity care at West Coast DHB.

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Buller Health, Accommodation Costs Doctors

Accommodation costs for Buller Health doctors / Homes owned by WCDHB / how often these properties occupied by Buller health staff / propeties rented in Buller.

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Ethnicity, psychiatrists, allied health, mental health

Mental Health Act 1992: What is the ethnicity of psychiatrists currently working in DHB psychiatric inpatient units and what is the ethnicity of allied clinical staff working in DHB psychiatric units? What DHB protocols are there for ensuring Maori Clinical staff care for Maori Tangata Whaiora?

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Coronial findings

The number of times DHBs have challenged a coroner’s findings after an inquest.

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1080 Whataroa Butler

A copy of the VTA permission for the aerial 1080 operation for the Whataroa Butler Aerial 1080 application.

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Air Ambulance

Registered flight nurses, inter-hospital transfers by air, cost of inter-hosp transfers by air, number of flights etc, cost sharing for inter-hospital transfers by air.

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Pathology Services

Dog injuries, children

1. How many children aged 0-14 have presented to hospital with a dog-related injury in the last year?
2. How many of those children required a procedure (e.g sutures), or admission? 3. What were the ethnic and age demographics of those children?

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Major joint surgery wait list

1. In the past 12 months, what proportion of your DHB patients that were referred to a waiting list by a surgeon, for a joint replacement, were accepted onto the list and got surgery?

2. in 2017 what proportion of your DHB patients that were referred to a waiting list by a surgeon, for a joint replacement, were accepted onto the list and got surgery?

3.is the DHB able to comment on whether there are enough GPs in the region?

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Intersex babies surgery

RE Intersex babies: How many intersex children have had genital surgery within their first year of life? (Could I have this info from 2016-2021 broken down into the number each year and the overall number for the last five years / whether or not the surgery was medically necessary or whether it was cosmetic, the gender of the child as recorded on their birth certificate and the total cost per year of the surgeries. 2. How many referrals have been made to other DHBs for intersex babies in their first year of life for surgery, last five years, broken down into the number each year and the overall number 2016-2021

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Childhood diseases

Can I please have the number of children (aged 0-14) recorded by your DHB with the following conditions in the years 2014, 2017 and 2020?
– whooping cough – rheumatic fever – bronchiolitis
– broncho pneumonia – serious dental disease
– malnutrition

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Isolation / Infectious diseases

Patients placed in isolation within DHB hospitals to prevent the spread of disease 2018-2020 calendar years broken down by year.

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Lung cancer

Lung cancer on the West Coast – statistics and information (12 questions)

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Suicide

Vulnerable Persons Register – CASA states that certain managers of each DHB hold the list as well as themselves, and the relevant services have access to this database.

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1080

1080: I am enquiring about whether there is testing of the public other than workers who deal with the hazardous substance Sodium-fluoroacetate (1080)? When you read data going back 20 years it should be of great concern and especially since the West coast applications of Aerial 1080 are at the highest. I know urine samples are taken from workers and have returned with positive readings. Land care results also shows 1080 is in the food chain. So what is done to insure 1080 exposure has not affected residents in areas of operations? Or just the general public. If I was a resident living in the West Coast could I go to my GP and ask for a test ? If I feel 1080 exposure may have affected me through my water how would I confirm this ? If I was breastfeeding my baby how would this effect my child ? 2008 Ministry of Health publications says , to date there are no epidemiology studies that have been carried out in relation to 1080 and Potential adverse effects and health effects on humans. Why?

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Diagnostic Imaging Modalities

More specifically, I am interested in the diagnostic imaging modalities of Cardio Ultrasound, MRI, X-ray CT, PET and SPECT. The information I require for each is: 1) Number of units (instruments) of each modality. 2) What entity (government or private) funded each unit. 3) What entity operates each unit. 4) Number of patients processed by each unit per annum.

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Maori Mental Health

Does your DHB have a marae accessible to Maori inpatients in psychiatric units. The measures your DHB uses to ensure the Tino Rangitiratanga of Maori Inpatients in Psychiatric Inpatient Units.? Clarified as: “only relates to Maori subject to the Mental Health Act 1992”.

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Kawatiri

1. How many births have occurred at Westport’s Kawatiri Birthing Unit, each month, over the past five years? 2. How many Buller women have given birth at Greymouth Hospital, each month, over the past five years? 3. How many Buller women have given birth outside the district, each month, over the past five years? 4. How many Buller women have had home births, each month, over the last five years? 5. Is the WCDHB concerned at the trend for fewer Buller women to be birthing at Kawatiri and more Buller women birthing in Greymouth? 6. What does the WCDHB believe has prompted the trend? 7. Does the WCDHB have any plans to encourage more women to birth at Kawatiri – if so what are they? 8. How many births does Kawatiri require a month to remain viable?
9. Is closure of Kawatiri a possibility? 10. What are the rules governing which mothers can give birth at Kawatiri (i.e. low risk etc)?

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74 Derby Street, Westport

RE property 74 Derby Street Westport owned by WCDHB: 1. When was the house last occupied by DHB staff? 2. Has anyone else occupied the house since – if so when was it last occupied? 3. How much rental income – if any – has the DHB received from the house in the last decade? 4. How much has the house cost the DHB each year for the last decade for: maintenance (including lawns), rates, insurance, other costs (each item listed separately please)? 5. Why has the DHB not sold the property or renovated it to a rental standard, given Westport is very short of housing? 6. What are the DHB’s plans for the property?

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COVID-19

Requested re COVID-19 for calendar year 2020: • Situation reports
• Status reports
• Intelligence insight reports
• Action, response and recovery plans
• Task matrices, plans, or similar
• Decision logs
• Resource requests
• Briefing / Cabinet papers
• Organisation charts
• Debrief / Lessons report

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Malnutrition

The number of children and adults admitted to hospital with malnutrition, broken down by age, between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2020.

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Total spend on casual workers

Please can you advise on the total spent on temporary casual / bank and agency workers by the District in the periods Financial Year 18/19 and 19/20. Your response should be broken down by professional group and financial year.

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NOS, Nitrous Oxide

The rise in the use of nitrous oxide, also known as NOS, whippets, nangs and laughing gas – Emergency Department information over last 2 years

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Diabetes Retinal Screening Service

For 2020, the number of screens for diabetic retinopathy purchased, the number of screens delivered, and the DNA rate./How many diabetic retinopathy screening episodes were delivered during lockdown, and how long any disruption lasted (i.e when did screening return to ‘normal’)./On January 1 2021, how many new referrals were on the wait list for their first screening visit, the average time spent on this wait list, and the longest individual time spent waiting./On January 1 2021, how many existing patients were overdue for their follow up screening appointment, the average overdue time, and the longest individual time overdue.

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