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

Where to go for cervical screening (smear) tests

It is important you feel comfortable with the person who takes your smear. You can choose where to go to have smears:

  • Your local doctor or practice nurse
  • Local sexual health service
  • Community health services and clinics, such as
    • Community Services, lower ground floor – Old Grey Hospital, South West Corner entrance (Greymouth)
    • Poutini Waiora, Shakespeare Street (Greymouth)
    • Number Thirtyseven (Westport)

Clinics and Dates

NCSP Outreach clinics are held throughout the year. Clinic hours may vary so please check what times are available.

Clinic (Location)DateSmear Taker
GreymouthAppointments frequently available as requiredNyoli
WestportTue, 6 JulyNyoli
GreymouthWed, 7 JulyNyoli
GreymouthMon, 12 July, morning onlyNyoli
GreymouthTue, 13 JulyNyoli
ReeftonWed, 14 JulyTina
GreymouthSat, 17 JulyNyoli
GreymouthMon, 19 July, morning onlyNyoli
HokitikaTue, 20 JulyNyoli
GreymouthThu, 22 JulyTina
GreymouthMon, 26 July, morning onlyNyoli
NgakawauMon, 26 JulyTina
GreymouthTue, 27 JulyNyoli
KarameaWed, 28 JulyTina

Note: Additional clinics will be listed (usually monthly) and once times have been confirmed.

For appointments or information on the above clinics please contact

Lisa Teasdale, Register Co-ordinator: Phone: 03 769 7853

Tina Fox, Smear Taker based in Westport, available Coast wide: Phone: 027 471 8178 (Sending text-messages is fine.)

Nyoli Waghorn-Rogatski, Smear Taker based in Greymouth, available Coast wide: Phone: 03 769 7751, Mobile: 027 404 1692 (Sending text-messages is fine.)

Who should have cervical smear tests?

All women who have ever had sex should have cervical smear tests every three years from age 25 to age 70, including if you:

  • Have been immunised against HPV
  • Are single
  • Have sex with men
  • Have sex with women
  • Are a trans person with female anatomy
  • Are no longer having sex
  • Have a disability
  • Have been through menopause
  • Have had a subtotal hysterectomy (where the cervix is not removed)

If you are pregnant or have a new baby and are due for a cervical smear test, it is usually safe and recommended to do so.
Call the NCSP on 0800 729 729 for more information.

Some older women think they do not need to have cervical smear tests, especially if they are no longer sexually active. However, there is still a chance cancer will appear in later life.

In New Zealand, it is very rare for women under the age of 25 to develop cervical cancer.

Women who have never been sexually active do not need to have cervical smear tests.

Women who have had a total hysterectomy (where both the uterus and the cervix are removed) do not usually need to have smear tests unless advised to do so, usually if you have had treatment for cervical cancer or precancer.

When to have smear tests

We usually recommend you have a cervical screening test every three years.

If it is your first smear, or your first one in a while, you might be called back sooner than three years for your next test. This is to reduce the chances of any abnormal cells being missed.

You might also be asked to come back sooner if you have an unsatisfactory smear or an abnormal result. Some women with immune disorders or higher risk of developing cancer should have a cervical smear test each year.

If you think you may need a smear test earlier than planned, please talk to your smear taker.

See your health care professional if you have:

  • Bleeding between menstrual periods
  • Bleeding after sex
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Unusual discharge from your vagina
  • Persistent pain in your pelvis
  • Pain during sex

These symptoms can happen for many reasons, but they should be checked out.

Contact us

To book a cervical screening test talk to your local doctor or nurse, or call:

National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP): 0800 729 729

West Coast NCSP (Community Services): 03 769 7799

To find out when your smear test is due talk to your local doctor or nurse, or call:

West Coast NCSP Register Coordinator: 03 769 7853

Page last updated: 29 January 2021

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