Full-time rural nurse specialists provide everyday care for the Karamea community. We also hold GP clinics with visiting doctors every week.
Karamea Medical Centre offers many of the services available at larger GP clinics. However, you may need to travel for some services.
The nearest pharmacy is Buller Pharmacy in Westport.
The nearest emergency department and X-ray facilities are at Buller Integrated Health Services in Westport. Emergency patients may travel by ambulance or helicopter to Westport, Greymouth, Nelson or Christchurch.
126 Waverley Street
PO Box 43
We welcome your feedback about our services and your experiences at Karamea Medical Centre.
Note: We are unable to provide medical advice to people by email. Please contact your doctor or the person in charge of your medical care.
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If you are staying in Karamea for a while, we encourage you to enrol with the practice.
Enrolment is free, and means you can get cheaper healthcare when you need it.
A full list of fees is available for all West Coast DHB GP clinics including Karamea Medical Centre.
Please always dial 111 whenever there is a medical emergency or somebody’s life could be at risk
The Karamea Health Clinic provides 24/7 emergency care. It depends on the type of emergency, which emergency care dept our patients end up in.
Cardiac patients tend to go to Nelson by helicopter. Our closest emergency dept by road is Westport. Other patients go by heli to Greymouth, Nelson or CHCH directly depending on best definitive care.
The Rural Nurse Specialists are on call 24/7 for acute care. If an urgent presentation, this will be triaged by the Rural Nurse.
Disabled & Visitor toilets
Visitor information reception
Note: The location of Karamea Medical Centre is marked by a red flag.
|Blood pressure checks chronic care management|
|Driving license medicals|
|ECGs heart checks|
|General & family medical care|
|IV infusions for osteoporosis treatment|
|Liquid nitrogen & cryotherapy|
|Maternity and shared care maternity|
|Palliative care & Advanced Care Planning (ACP)|
|Skin cancer and mole checks|
|Spirometry lung function tests|
|Subsidised chronic care management and care plus programmes|
|Suturing of wounds|
|Travel health advice, vaccinations (excluding yellow fever) and medication|
|Vaccinations (all childhood vaccinations)|
|Well child checks|
|Skin cancer surgery, moles and other skin lesions|
|Removal of skin tags|
|Wedge Excision of Ingrown Toenails|
|Contraception Insertion or Removal|
|Plastering of fractures|
|Commercial Diving Medicals (Please call to discuss your situation prior to your visit)|
For further details please phone Buller Health reception, 03 788 9277
Page last updated: 1 December 2020
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