We are at ORANGE according to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework.  Protect yourself and our community by getting boosted, wearing a mask when out and about and reducing contact with others. Hospital visitors don’t need a Vaccine Pass, but must wear a surgical/medical paper mask. Fabric face coverings are no longer acceptable.  See our COVID-19 page for general COVID-19 advice, detailed hospital visiting guidelines and COVID-19 tests.

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West Coast weather event update, Saturday 5 February 12.30pm

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Please attribute to Lee Harris, Duty Public Information Manager, West Coast DHB

West Coast weather event update, Saturday 5 February 12.30pm

The Buller Medical Clinic will be open at the Holcim site (901 Cape Foulwind Road, Cape Foulwind) today until 2pm, including the Foote / ED service.  Urgent medications are available at the clinic. 

The Buller Pharmacy is closed.

After 2pm, Foote/ED will be available at the usual Cobden St Buller Health site.

As of 5pm today, all normal services provided will be available at the usual Cobden St Buller Health site.

The DHB will be working with families / whanau of aged residential care residents of the O’Conor Home about when their relatives will return.

The Ngakawau Clinic is closed today. 

Business as usual resumes today with other health services around the West Coast. 

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…

Public health advice

As you return home, please treat all flood water as contaminated.  Sewage may be mixed with flood waters and can cause serious illness.  Please see our flyer here, with further information.  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).

For COVID-19 advice, visit

As a general rule, you should wear a face mask whenever you are indoors.  The exceptions are at your home or your place of work, if it is not public-facing.  Your employer may encourage you to wear a face mask even if your job is not public-facing.

When it is hard to physically distance from people you do not know, please wear a face mask.  You do not need to wear a mask when exercising.

Types of face masks

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.

General health advice

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.

  • 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.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics

The Westport vaccination clinic remains closed. We anticipate that it will reopen on Tuesday, 8 February however, we will provide an update once details have been confirmed.

On Saturday 5 February 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 vaccination clinics at or call 0800 28 29 26 (8am – 8pm, 7 days a week).

Vaccination 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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