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Women's Health

30 health services.

B4 School Check

Every child should have the B4 School Check before they turn 5. This is the final Well Child Tamariki Ora check. It is an opportunity for you to talk to a nurse about your child’s health and ask any questions you might have.

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Cancer Support

The first point of contact if you have cancer or a high suspicion of cancer and we can help you and your whānau/family manage complex testing and treatment. Acting as a link between you, GP, hospital, and specialists, we will make sure you get all the information you need throughout your care.

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Central Booking Unit (CBU)

The Central Booking Unit manages bookings for outpatient clinics, operations and surgeries, appointments, and inpatient bookings at all West Coast DHB health facilities.

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Cervical screening services

All women who have ever had sex should have cervical smear tests every three years from age 25 to age 70. Find out where and how.

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Children’s Health

We provide Paediatric dental surgery, acute medical & surgical care & Outpatient services for children of 0 to 15 years

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Children’s ward (Parfitt Ward)

Children up to 15 years old who are patients at Grey Base Hospital stay in Parfitt Ward on the hospital’s ground floor.

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Critical Care Unit (CCU)

The Grey Base Hospital Critical Care Unit (CCU) provides General and Cardiac Intensive care in a 4-bedded set-up.   This excludes conditions where more complex input is required.  In these cases, patients may be transferred to Christchurch Hospital.

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Day surgery (Brian Waterson Unit)

Day surgery is the service where patients have their operation or procedure and are discharged to go home on the same day. Patients should report to the hospital’s main reception. Staff will direct you to the Brian Waterson Unit.

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Dementia unit (Kahurangi)

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.

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Dietetics and nutrition services

Dietetics and nutrition services provide practical strategies for healthy eating.

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Emergency Department

The Emergency Department (also known as ED or A&E) provide care to patients with serious or life-threatening illnesses that require urgent attention. For most other injuries and illnesses, call your GP or family doctor first. They will refer you to ED if needed.

Call 111 and ask for “ambulance” when there is a medical emergency​.

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Information about our laboratory staff and on how to take tests such as blood or allergy tests.

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Māori health – health services

We provide many Māori Health services and facilities such as Tamariki Ora B4 School Checks, mental health care, Whānau House accommodation and more.

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Maternity Services

The West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB), based in the Grey Base Hospital McBrearty Ward, provides Primary and Secondary maternity care services and support. Find out information about the maternity services available across the West Coast. 

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Maternity ward (McBrearty Ward)

Home to our Maternity Services, we have two birthing rooms, a birthing pool, and five antenatal/postnatal bedrooms.

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Meals on Wheels

The Meals on Wheels service helps people all around New Zealand who are living at home by providing them with a healthy meal every day. New Zealand Red Cross volunteers deliver around 620,000 hot meals a year – that’s nearly 12,000 every week.

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Medical Technicians

A small team of medical technicians who provide a range of services listed below to West Coast GPs, visiting specialist consultants, inpatients and the emergency department.

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Mental Health

We provide services and resources to help anyone with a mental health condition.

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Mental health inpatient unit (Manaakitanga)

Some mental health patients experiencing a crisis will have to stay at the hospital while they recover. These people stay in the Manaakitanga unit.

The Manaakitanga unit is alongside Community Mental Health. Visitors can ask for directions at main reception or Community Mental Health reception.

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Older Persons’ Health

Previously known as Carelink and the Complex Clinical Care Network (CCCN).

This service helps older people and people with disabilities get the care they need, usually in their own homes.

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Oral health services / Dental services

This section introduces you to everything related to Oral Health up and down the West Coast.

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Outpatient department

The Outpatient department treats hospital patients who don’t need to stay over night. Your GP (family doctor or nurse) will usually arrange your outpatient appointment. For outpatient appointment enquiries, please call reception and ask for the Central Booking Unit.

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Radiology, also often referred to as X-ray department, provides general x-ray, ultrasound scans, CT scans, bone density scans and some specialist procedures.

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Sexual health

The sexual health service provides sexual health assessment, diagnosis and treatment.  We also supply referrals for gender concerns and pregnancy / abortion services.

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Social work

Our Social Workers are here to support you and your family/whānau in our hospitals and in the community.

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Speech language therapy

The Speech language therapy service supports patients and families to understand and manage communication and/or swallowing difficulties.

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Stop smoking (smoking cessation)

You can be smokefree! This is the most important thing you can do for your health; You can gain control and get rid of your smoking addiction; You owe it to yourself and your family!  The West Coast DHB provides a specialist smoking cessation service.

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Surgical services (Perioperative Services)

Based in the Grey Base Hospital Barclay Ward and Brian Waterson Unit, We provide Sterilising services, diagnostic procedures, emergency surgical procedures, Anaesthetic services and the day surgery unit.

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Surgical ward (Barclay Ward)

Barclay Ward cares for acute and elective patients in orthopaedics, urology, plastics, gynaecology, paediatrics, dental surgery and general surgery.

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Whānau House (Whakaruruhau)

We offer accommodation for the whānau (family) of patients. Eligibility is on a first come, first served basis and is at the discretion of Grey Base Hospital management. We give priority to whānau of patients who are terminally ill or in the critical care unit. Whānau can stay for up to three nights, and this may be extended if needed. 

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Page last updated: 29 June 2020

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