We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework.  Protect yourself and our community by getting boosted, wearing a mask when out and about and reducing contact with others. Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable.  See our COVID-19 page for general COVID-19 advice, detailed hospital visiting guidelines and COVID-19 tests.

See for info on vaccinations.

In an emergency, call 111.
If your child is sick contact your local health clinic, or call 0800 611 116 for advice after hours.
For online advice about common child health issues, visit Healthinfo.


Enrol at a health clinic

Enrolling your child at a clinic means visits will be cheaper when you need to take them to see a doctor or nurse. The clinic you enrol with will also receive your child’s health records, so they will already know a lot of relevant information when your tamariki gets sick.

Find out how to enrol by calling or visiting your local health clinic. Find your nearest clinic on the West Coast Primary Health Organisation website.


Free doctor and nurse visits for under-13s

Children under 13 get free visits at most general practices, including for after-hours care. Most prescriptions are also free.

From December 2018, these services will be free for children under 14.


Well Child Tamariki Ora and B4 School Checks

Well Child Tamariki Ora is a free programme providing a series of free health visits and support for families with children up to 5 years old.

The final visit is called the B4 School Check, and all children should have this check before they turn 5. Visit the West Coast B4 School checks Facebook page, or talk to your local health clinic or West Coast Primary Health Organisation for more information.


Free and safe immunisation

Immunisation (vaccination) is the best way to protect your child against many dangerous diseases. It is safe, and can stop your child getting very sick. The Ministry of Health has information about safe immunisation during pregnancy, and free immunisations for children and teenagers.


Breastfeeding support

For information about breastfeeding support and free services, visit West Coast Primary Health Organisation’s Breastfeeding page and the West Coast Breastfeeding Facebook page.


Free tooth care for kids

Children and teenagers up to 18 years old can get free or discounted dental care. Find out more about oral health services for kids.

Page last updated: 5 August 2020

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