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Rural Nurse Specialists

Like in many remote parts of New Zealand, Rural Nurse Specialists are the main health providers in rural West Coast communities. These are highly experienced nurses trained to deal with most illnesses, injuries and health conditions.

Rural Nurse Specialists can provide urgent care 24 hours a day and are trained to respond to medical emergencies. If your local nurse is on leave, a nurse from a nearby clinic will take your phone call.

Will I see a doctor if I get sick?

A Rural Nurse Specialist can help you with most conditions. They are supported over the phone by doctors in Greymouth, Westport and Christchurch.

Doctors regularly visit all our rural clinics, so talk to a receptionist or nurse about booking an appointment with a doctor if needed. If you urgently need specialist care, the Rural Nurse Specialist may recommend you travel to the nearest hospital or call an ambulance.

Page last updated: 26 July 2019

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