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Karamea Health Centre

About Karamea Health Centre

Full-time rural nurse specialists provide everyday care for the Karamea community. We also hold GP clinics with visiting doctors every week.

Karamea Health 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.


Street address

21 Waverley Street

Postal address

PO Box 43
Karamea 7893

Phone & Fax



In an EMERGENCY: dial 111

After hours: Call your General Practice team. Your call will be answered 24/7 by a nurse who can advise you what to do and where to go, if you need urgent care.  More…

Enquiries and feedback

We welcome your feedback about our services and your experiences at Karamea Health 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.

Open hours

(Drop in clinic)
(Drop in clinic)
On call onlyOn call only

Appointments, Enrolments, Fees


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.

GP Fees

A full list of fees is available for all West Coast DHB GP clinics including Karamea Health Centre.


How to make an appointment

We ask all patients to book their appointment by calling or visiting the practice, or to use the Health365 app/website, which can assist in booking an appointment, ordering repeats and prescriptions, to name a few helpful services.

Please note: The monitoring of test results service advertised on the Health365 site is not available yet for our patients. Please visit our practice, or call us for further details on Health365.

Also, when booking for an appointment with a nurse via Health365, please bear in mind that nurse appointments are limited to 15 minutes only per consultation.  If in doubt as to whether the health care service you require could exceed that time please check with one of our friendly administrators before making an online booking with Health365.

Read our Health365 Information flyer

Emergency and urgent services

Emergency Health Care Services

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.

Urgent services

The Rural Nurse Specialists are on call 24/7 for acute care. If an urgent presentation, this will be triaged by the Rural Nurse.


Karamea Health Centre facilities at a glance


Disabled & Visitor toilets

Visitor information reception

Page last updated: 25 June 2021

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