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

Open hours

Greymouth – Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre:

Due to current COVID-19 situation and staffing constraints lab hours have changed.

Weekdays 8:00am – 5:00pm
All other hours are on call via the operator.
Phlebotomy (blood collection services) is now operating out of Outpatients 8:00am – 4:30pm, with 30 minutes unavailability while staff have their lunch at 12pm. 
(Patients arriving during the lunch break will be required to wait in their car)

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: 29 July 2020

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