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Access to free GP consultations for flood affected patients remain in place

Friday 6 August 2021Health news2 minutes to read

Please attribute to Philip Wheble, Incident Controller – West Coast DHB.

Zero fees for GP and Nurse Practitioner appointments will remain in place for the remainder of this week for all people enrolled at both Buller Medical Centre and Coast Medical in Westport.

From Monday 9 August, both GP practices will continue to provide this service to enrolled patients who have been directly affected by the recent flood event for the next three months.

This service is being provided to support members of the Westport community who have been most affected by recent events to ensure they have access to health care services as they rebuild their lives.

All enrolled patients can also still access free health advice after hours by calling their GP practice and following the instructions on the answerphone – for Buller Medical Centre ring 03 788-9277 and for Coast Medical ring 03 789-5000.

Remember, if it’s an emergency, please call 111.

For health advice at any time

  • Talk confidentially about a meth or P-related issue or problem – 0800 METH HELP 0800 6384-4357
  • The Alcohol Drug Helpline offers support to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use 0800 787-797
  • For wellbeing support you can talk to a counsellor free of charge, call or text 1737 any time of the day or night
  • For pregnancy support and advice over the phone, please call your LMC/midwife
  • If you have questions about your young child or baby’s health phone Plunketline on 0800 933-922 to speak to a Plunket nurse
  • You can also visit our HealthInfo website for trusted health advice on a range of issues
  • Buller Pharmacy in Westport, at 168 Palmerston Street is open for over the counter medications and health advice
  • Call Healthline on 0800 611-116 – calls are answered 24/7. If you need to be seen, they will tell you what to do and where to go.

You can also call the Buller Support line 0800 768-348 to access help and advice. Call to be connected to welfare advice and support or answers to any questions you may have about the recovery efforts.



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