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

Dementia unit (Kahurangi)
Department: Kahurangi Dementia UnitDivision: Older Person's Health Service

Kahurangi Dementia Unit provides 24/7 short term and long term care for full-time patients in modern, home-like facilities.

Staff provide dementia assessment, support and education.

Kahurangi is a 20 bed facility, 17 of which are dedicated to Aged Residential Hospital Specialised Care residents (however one of these beds acts as a “swing” bed between the ARC and ATR) and 3 dedicated beds to Assessment, treatment and rehab of older persons health. It was a 22 bed facility until some time ago. 2 beds were decommissioned and then repurposed into a Hair Salon and a Chapel.

Services and facilities

  • Modern, home-like facilities
  • 24/7 dementia care
  • Short-term and long-term care
  • Dementia assessment
  • Promoting independence
  • Education and support
  • Whānau (family) support
  • Help for patients in the community

Normal visiting hours are between 10am and 7pm. If you want to visit outside these hours, please come via the main reception, at Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre.
Please check with the nurse in charge before taking a patient for a drive or walk.

If you think Kahurangi might be right for you or a family member, please talk to your usual doctor or nurse. They can organise an assessment if necessary.
We assess new patients for physical health, living skills and social skills. This assessment may take four to six weeks, and we will keep whānau informed during the process.

There is a fee for long stay dementia care patients. The patient may be eligible for a subsidy to cover these costs.
Please talk to your doctor or nurse, or the Kahurangi team to learn more.

Page last updated: 5 August 2020

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