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

Open hours

Greymouth – Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre:

Opening hours for blood collection services are 7:30am – 4:30pm, with last patient seen at 4:20pm.  Phlebotomy (blood collection services) is located off the unplanned and emergency waiting area opposite the reception desk.  

Laboratory open hours are 8am – 5pm weekdays. 

All other hours are on call via the operator.

Westport – Buller Health:

From Monday 15th June we are implementing scheduled planned appointments for the Laboratory.
For a blood test appointment, please call Buller Medical on 03 788 9277

Appointments will be available between the following times:
Mon: 7.30am – 2.30pm
Tue: 7.30am – 2.30pm
Wed: 7.30am – 2.30pm
Thu: 9.30am – 2.30pm
Fri: 7.30am – 2.30pm

What happens at the lab?

Laboratory staff collect and test blood and other samples from patients when requested by a health care professional. A wide range of tests are available at Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre, and more tests are available through our partnership with Canterbury Health Laboratories in Christchurch.

To learn more about Pathology, visit the Know Pathology website.

Laboratory staff

Many different kinds of highly-trained staff work in the laboratory.

  • Phlebotomists are the people you are most likely to meet – professionals trained to collect your blood
  • Medical Laboratory Technicians and Scientists test samples in the laboratory
  • Pathologists are doctors of diseases and conditions, who interpret results
  • Medical Scientists give advice to your nurse, midwife, doctor or other health care professional

Page last updated: 11 June 2021

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