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Health advice during severe weather event – update 4

Friday 4 February 2022Health news5 minutes to read

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

Today our West Coast DHB teams have again been busy responding to the current weather event across the West Coast.

In South Westland and Grey districts, our staff continue to provide health care and all clinics are open.

In Buller, our decisions and planning for the provision of health care to Westport and the wider Buller community have been guided by the Civil Defence Group.

This meant that our team was very well prepared for when our Buller Health team needed to relocate health services to the Holcim site on 901 Cape Foulwind Road, Cape Foulwind this afternoon.

We now have a sizable team at this site able to provide care for those in the community requiring it.

If you live north of Westport, we have staff in Karamea, Seddonville and Ngakawau. And if you are in Reefton, Reefton Health is open.

If you require health care, please contact your general practice team by calling the usual practice number – Find a GP, medical practice, clinic or health centre | West Coast DHB (

If you are registered with Coast Medical, please contact the 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. 

If it’s an emergency, call 111 as per usual.

General health advice

  • 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
  • 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 (
  • 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.

Public health advice

A reminder from our public health team – please treat all flood water as contaminated.

Sewage may be mixed with flood waters and can cause serious illness.

That means you need to wash your hands thoroughly or use hand gel after coming into contact with flood water.

Wherever you are, please remember the usual public health precautions such as good cough and sneeze etiquette, hand hygiene and physical distancing (wherever possible stay one metre away from people you don’t know).

It’s also important to continue wearing a mask especially indoors and scan in everywhere you go. Keeping a good record of where you have been makes the job of contact tracers so much easier.

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, please arrange to get tested immediately and if safe to do so remain isolated at home or in the accommodation you are staying in. This advice extends to anyone even if they haven’t visited any of the locations of interest. If you’re not sure what you should do, please call the COVID-19 line on 0800 358 5453 for advice.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics

The Westport vaccination clinic remains closed while our teams respond to this weather event. We anticipate that it will reopen on Tuesday, 8 February however, we will provide an update once details have been confirmed.

Tomorrow (Saturday), our Greymouth vaccination drive-through clinic at the Greymouth Aerodrome will be open from 10am to 6pm.

While we are vaccinating 5-11-year olds as well as people 12 years and over, we recommend that bookings are made so that people are not kept waiting. Drop-ins are limited due to the additional time it takes to vaccinate children as fewer people can be vaccinated at each clinic.

You can book online for clinics at or call 0800 28 29 26 (8am – 8pm, 7 days a week).

Clinic details are available on our vaccination website – Home – Vaccinate Canterbury and West Coast (

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 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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