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See www.vaccinatecanterburywestcoast.nz for info on vaccinations.

Health advice during flooding event – update 1

Thursday 10 February 2022Health news3 minutes to read

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

West Coast DHB staff are preparing to evacuate Buller Health due to the impacts of the current weather event in the region. We will provide further updates as details are confirmed.

Until then, Buller Medical remains open for urgent care. If you live north of Westport, we have staff in Karamea and Ngakawau. And if you are in Reefton, Reefton Health is open.

Please note, that all outpatient clinics, day surgery appointments and planned care appointments have been cancelled.

If you are registered with Coast Medical, they are still open.  

Please contact the Coast Medical team on 03 789 5000 to arrange an appointment, and after-hours call the usual practice number for free health advice. After hours you’ll be put through to a nurse who can tell you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics

The Westport COVID-19 vaccination clinic is closed today and tomorrow (11/02/2022) while our teams respond to the current weather event. We will provide an update regarding our Saturday clinic once details have been confirmed.

Accessing health care

Remember, if you need health advice, please 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.

  • If it’s an emergency, call 111 as per usual.
  • 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.
  • If you require essential prescription medications and your supply is running low, call your usual GP number for advice – Find a GP, medical practice, clinic or health centre | West Coast DHB (wcdhb.health.nz)
  • Buller Pharmacy in Westport, at 168 Palmerston Street is open for over the counter medications and health advice.
  • 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.

Be prepared

Check and restock your emergency kit and follow the advice of your local Civil Defence group.

To check what you may need, visit https://getready.govt.nz/prepared/household/supplies/

Here is a link with flood-specific advice: https://getready.govt.nz/emergency/floods/

Stay up-to-date

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Weather conditions

To get the most up to date information on severe weather around the country, or any other forecasts, see metservice.com or download the MetService mobile app.

Road conditions

If you need to travel for any reason, please ensure that you check the road conditions prior to departing.

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