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

2020

135 documents.

Consumer Council Minutes – 27 November 2020

Consumer Council Minutes – 27 November 2020

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Consumer Council Agenda – 27 November 2020

Consumer Council Agenda – 27 November 2020

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Psychological Services Maori and Non-Maori

How many non-Maori are currently on a waitlist for psychological intervention with a psychologist? Maori specific MH – Criteria for acceptance into service? number of referrals 2019/20 FY, Referrals for each service / diagnosis/ referrals accepted in absence of psychiatric diagnosis/ referral declined and reasons.

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TRIFR / Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate

RE Official information request CDHB 10490 & WCDHB 9499

I refer to your email to the Ministry of Health dated 29 October, which they subsequently transferred to us on 24 November, requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from
Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB. Specifically:

  • Please provide Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate (TRIFR) data reported by each of the 20 DB’s from 2013 up to today by month and year. I have attached a simple template.

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Serious Adverse Events Report 2019-2020

All serious adverse events are reviewed through a formal process in order to analyse our existing health practices and systems. The purpose of reviewing these is to provide sufficient feedback to patients and families so they are aware of any contributing factors and causes of the event and how the DHB intends to make our systems safer.

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Part-Charge to patients for ambulance transfers from Buller to Grey Hospital

Fertility treatments: How many treatments resulted in a live birth OR the birth of multiple babies? Relationship status? Age groups, The name of the provider, and the amount of funding they received for the past three years? Types of treatment provided. Total costs of these treatments for the past three years.

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Board Meeting – Thursday, 10 December 2020

Board Papers for the West Coast DHB Board meeting Thursday, 10 December 2020 meeting

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Pacific Heritage – Official Information Act Request Response

RE Official information request WCDHB 9491

I refer to your email dated 2 November 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently transferred to us on 6 November 2020, requesting the following information under the Official
Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically

  • How many DHB Board members have Pacific heritage, and how many DHB Board Chairs have Pacific heritage?  Pacific heritage in this regard is defined as self-identification as having any
    Pacific heritage.

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Eyes, Ophthalmology – Official Information Act Request Response

RE Official Information Act Request WCDHB 9493

I refer to your email dated 2 November 2020 to the Ministry of Health, which they subsequently transferred to us on 13 November 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically

  • The amount paid for intraocular lenses, the type of intraocular lenses purchased and the volume
    ordered per year for the last five years.
  • The amount paid for viscoelastics, surgical blades and sutures for cataract surgery.

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Advisory Committee Meeting – 26 November 2020

Advisory Committee Papers for 26 November 2020 Meeting

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Have there been any suicides… – 3 questions – OIA Request Response

RE Official information request WCDHB 9489

I refer to your email dated 3 November 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. Have there been any suicides of people while in the care of the DHB in the past year? (On the ward)?

2. Have there been any suicides by someone within a week of discharge over the past year?

3. Have there been any suicides by someone living in the community with support in the past year?

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ECT / Electroconvulsive Therapy

RE Official information request WCDHB 9488

I refer to your email dated 11 September 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently partially transferred to us on 3 November 2020 requesting the following information under the Official
Information Act from West Coast DHB regarding electro convulsive therapy (ECT). Specifically, questions B, C, E and H of your request as laid out below:

b. Are there different machines in use in different DHBs?

c. How many machines are in use in each DHB?

e. If most of the machines are of a particular manufacturer, how long have they been in use. I am particularly interested in the age and make of the ECT machines.

h. Does the Ministry have any statistics of any complaints about ECT that have been made to the DHBs, and if so, please provide similar information broken down annually in the period 1 January 2010 to 1 January 2020.

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Locums – OIA Request Response

DHB spend on locums for medical specialists every year for the past five years. i.e.General surgery/Orthopaedics/Enterology/Gynaecology/
Ophthalmology/Urology
Cardiology/. Total locum spend year by year over this period, as well as the total internal staff spent on specialists for the same periods?
What is the size of the population the DHB serves and what is its annual operating budget? It would also be helpful to have explanations for higher (or lower) than usual locum costs for particular periods and whether or not the DHB offers limited services in respective departments.

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Mental Health Prescriptions – OIA Request Response

Mental Health Prescriptions: The number of antidepressant prescriptions handed out at the DHB each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD), broken down by each hospital if more than one under the DHB. The number of people prescribed antidepressants under the DHB  each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD), broken down by each hospital if more than one under the DHB. The number of antipsychotic prescriptions handed out at the DHB each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD), broken down by each hospital if more than one under the DHB. The number of people prescribed antipsychotic prescriptions under the DHB  each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD),  broken down by each hospital if more than one under the DHB. The number of admissions to the adult mental health inpatient unit each year for the last five years (January to December 2016 to January 2020 to YTD), broken down by each hospital if more than one under the DHB.The total amount of DHB funds allocated to the adult mental health inpatient each year for the last five years (January – December 2016 to January 2020 – YTD), with brief detail of what the money was being spent on each year. The number of complaints relating to mental health care each year for the last five years (January – December 2016 to January 2020 – YTD), with a brief description of each complaint. Also a breakdown of the number of these complaints that were investigated.

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ICU, Intensive Care Unit occupancy – OIA Request Response

What is the maximum bed occupancy in ICU? What has been the bed occupancy rate (% beds occupied in ICUs by week/month for the period 15 March to 1st October 2020

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RMOs / Australian – OIA Request Response

How many RMOs employed by the DHB are Australian citizens or graduates of an Australian Medical School and a breakdown of these employees stating whether each one is a house officer or registrar and their specialty.

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Board Meeting – Friday, 30 October 2020

Board Papers for the West Coast DHB Board meeting Friday, 30 October 2020 meeting

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Consumer Council Agenda – 21 August 2020

Consumer Council Agenda – 21 August 2020

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Consumer Council Minutes – 21 August 2020

Consumer Council Minutes – 21 August 2020

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Fit Testing Problems: What was the % of workers across the whole of the DHB who had received fit testing in the previous 12 months?

RE Official information request CDHB 10437 & WCDHB 9479

I refer to your email dated 17 September 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently partially transferred to us on 1 October 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB. Specifically question 1 and 2 regarding Fit testing problems, as below:

1.What was the percentage of workers across the whole of the DHB who had received fit testing in theprevious twelve months?
2.What are the actual numbers for each DHB?

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Psychotherapists employed by the DHB and CPD budget and spend 2018 and 2019

RE Official information request CDHB 10434 & WCDHB 9476

I refer to your email dated 25 September 2020 requesting the following information under the Official
Information Act from Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB regarding: the data and/or information held
by your District Health Boards, with regards to psychotherapists, psychotherapists who use different
titles but work primarily as a psychotherapist (i.e. clinical leads, professional leaders), and those carrying
out the work of psychotherapists. Specifically:

1. The actual number of psychotherapists employed by the DHB
2. The actual number of psychotherapists engaged as contractors by the DHB
3. The number of psychotherapists on each salary step
4. For continuing professional development for DHB employed psychotherapists:
• Total budget for 2018 and 2020 (separately)
• Total spend for 2018 and 2019 (separately)

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Healthcare for transgender people

RE Official information request WCDHB 9472

I refer to your email dated 10 September 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. Of the following list of services, which (if any) does the District Health Board provide? Does the DHB provide any services for transgender health care not listed, if so, what?
– Puberty blockers
– Hormone replacement therapy
– Fertility preservation
– Mastectomy
– Hysterectomy
– Orchiectomy
– Facial hair removal
– Breast augmentation
– Voice training
– Facial feminization surgery
– Genital reconstruction surgery
– Counselling
– Other mental health support (please specify services in response)

For services provided by the DHB:

2. What is their current status? What clinic (or clinics) provides the service? Are they accepting new patients?

3. Broken down by provided services (and initial consultation and readiness assessments or other if applicable), how long is the current wait time on appointments for transgender health? How long have these wait times been in previous years that the service was available?

For questions 4.-17.  Please see Full Description…

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Updated information as of Aug/Sept, how many HDU/CCU beds and negative isolation pressure rooms at DHB

RE Official information request WCDHB 9471

I refer to your email dated 16 August 2020 to Ministry of Health and subsequently partially transferred
to us on 10 September 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act
from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. As of this month (August/September), how many HDU/CCU beds, and negative
isolation pressure rooms across all DHBs? Note: ICU beds being answered by Ministry of Health)

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ED presentations, Overall hospital capacity and number of referrals received for first specialist assessments for planned care, and number of medical/surgical FSA that took place

RE Official information request WCDHB 9470

I refer to your email received 8 September 2020 requesting the following information under the Official
Information Act from the West Coast DHB. Specifically:

For the period September 1 2019 to August 31 2020, a weekly breakdown of the following
information:
1. Number of ED presentations.
2. Number of overall hospital capacity.
3. Number of the overall number of referrals received for first specialist assessments for
planned care, and the number of FSA that took place. (subsequently clarified as relating to
specialist medical and surgical services.)

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Various questions regarding colonoscopies

RE Official information request WCDHB 9469

I refer to your email dated 7 September 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. How many patients were on the waiting list for colonoscopies at the end of each month from August 2018 to August 2020?  2. What was the average wait time for urgent or category A colonoscopies at the end of each month from August 2018 to August 2020?  3. What was the average wait time for non-urgent or category B colonoscopies at the end of each month from August 2018 to August 2020?  4. What was the average wait time for surveillance or routine colonoscopies at the end of each month from August 2018 to August 2020?  5. What was the ratio between colonoscopies performed for non-urgent patients, versus patients referred through the National Bowel Screening Programme at the end of each month from August 2018 to August 2020? (If the screening programme has been rolled out in your DHB area).  – and further questions have also been answered…

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How many people attended A and E, and how many attended Grey Med in August 2019 and August 2020

RE Official information request WCDHB 9468

I refer to your email dated 7 September 2020 requesting the following information under the Official
Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. How many people attended A and E in Greymouth last August 2019, and also August 2020.

2. How many people attended Grey Med in August 2020, and August 2019.

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Tatau Pounamu Meeting papers for October 2020

Tatau Pounamu Advisory Group meeting papers for 9 October 2020 meeting at Board Room, Corporate Services, Te Nīkau Hospital and Health Centre

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WCDHB Studentship 2020 Application Form (Computer-typeable version)

  • Date: 6 Oct 2020
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  • ID: Stdtsh2020AppForm-CT

Studentship 2020 Application Form (Computer-typeable version)

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have resided on the West Coast of the South Island for a minimum of one year.  If eligible, applicants are required to complete this West Coast DHB Studentship Application form, then submit this along with the necessary documentation listed in the form.

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WCDHB Studentship 2020 Application Form (Printer-friendly version)

  • Date: 6 Oct 2020
  • Document Type: ,
  • ID: Stdtsh2020AppForm-PF

Studentship 2020 Application Form (Printer-friendly version)

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have resided on the West Coast of the South Island for a minimum of one year.  If eligible, applicants are required to complete this West Coast DHB Studentship Application form, then submit this along with the necessary documentation listed in the form.

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Letters or correspondence from or with the West Coast DHB about the recent resignations. Any internal reports (this could include with staff, the MoH, those affected, Board members etc)

RE Official information request WCDHB 9466

I refer to your email dated 20 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official
Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. Any letters or correspondence from or with the WCDHB about the recent resignations – David
Meates, Michael Frampton, Carolyn Gullery, Sue Nightingale and Justine White.
2. Also any internal reports.
3. This could include with staff, the ministry, those affected, board members etc.

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Board Meeting – Thursday, 24 September 2020

Board Papers for the West Coast DHB Board meeting Thursday, 24 September 2020 meeting

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Aggregate data: smokers and admissions x ethnicity

RE Official information request WCDHB 9467

I refer to your email dated 23 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

In relation to West Coast DHB, please supply the following information under the Official Information Act 1982 for each of the years 2009 – 2020 being quarters one and two.

  1. Smoking status (inpatient) Total number of smokers x ethnicity in the DHB Mental Health and Addictions ward/s (including forensics)
  2. Admissions (inpatient) Total number of admissions x ethnicity to the DHB Mental Health and Addictions ward/s (including forensics)
  3. Smoking status (inpatient) Total number of inpatient smokers x ethnicity in the DHB General Hospital/s wards including elderly
  4. Admissions (inpatient) Total number of admissions x ethnicity to the DHB General Hospital/s wards including elderly

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Personal care hours. Personal care hours for February 2020 Hours: 1-40 / 41-80 / 81-120 / 121-160 / 160+ hours

RE Official information request WCDHB 9465

I refer to your email dated 18 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. (Being a follow up request to our response to you for WCDHB 9410). Specifically:

  • Can the West Coast DHB personal care hours be provided for the month of February 2020 into the following brackets; 1-40, 41-80, 81-120, 121-160, 160+ hours.

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The number of prefabricated buildings currently in use at hospitals?

RE Official information request WCDHB 9464

I refer to your email dated 7 August 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently transferred to us on 18 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

  • The number of prefabricated buildings currently in use at hospitals?

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Cerebral Palsy and Pain Management

RE Official information request WCDHB 9463

I refer to your email dated 22 July 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently transferred to us on 18 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from
West Coast DHB regarding Cerebral Palsy and Pain Management. Specifically:

1. What pain management services are available to children with Cerebral Palsy?
2. What pain management services are available to adults with Cerebral Palsy?
3. How are these services accessed?
4. Are these services available to all New Zealanders or only in some parts of the country?

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