New Zealand incl. the West Coast region is now on Alert Level 1 until further notice.
More COVID-19 related health information can be found on the Ministry of Health website www.health.govt.nz/covid-19
For information about the national response to COVID-19, go to www.covid19.govt.nz
More information about accessing healthcare can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz
Information on when and how you can expect to be vaccinated for people in the West Coast DHB region. We are currently vaccinating across both Group 2 and Group 3
You are in Group 2 if you:
You are in Group 3 if you:
Our current focus, within Group 2, is on vaccinating frontline healthcare and disability workers as well as emergency services personnel, education personnel and essential workers such as supermarket employees. We started vaccinating this group in mid-April and will continue through to late May.
We are also offering appointments to household members of staff who either identifying as Māori or have underlying health conditions as part of our ‘whānau approach’. This approach has been implemented to ensure that our Coast Māori population who are more vulnerable to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are vaccinated as early on in the programme as possible. We have extended this approach to include family members of staff who have underlying health conditions.
We will be vaccinating people in Aged Residential Care (Rest Home) facilities from mid/late-May.
We will provide further details shortly outlining when and where the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the West Coast wider public. To be eligible, you need to be 16 years of age or older and we encourage anyone who is not registered with a general practice to do so.
Please note: Timeframes might vary, and we will let you know if the times are going to change.
We will provide further details shortly outlining when and where the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the West Coast wider public.
If you are a frontline healthcare or disability worker, you should already have received information about how to make an appointment. If you haven’t, speak to your employer or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When booking your first appointment, you can also book in for your second dose 21 days later. If you are unable to attend your appointment, please reschedule it as soon as possible. We encourage all staff to take up the opportunity to get vaccinated.
For others in Group 2, when it is your turn to be vaccinated, we will let you know and tell you how to make an appointment.
COVID-19 vaccination is free and voluntary for everyone in New Zealand aged 16 and over, regardless of their visa or citizenship status.
We plan to:
The best way to protect you, your kaumātua and whānau is to get vaccinated.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is the main COVID-19 vaccine being used in New Zealand. The Government has secured enough doses for everyone.
If you need to travel outside of New Zealand, you can apply for an early COVID-19 vaccine on compassionate grounds or for reasons of national significance. Learn more about applying for an early vaccine
If you’re 16 or over, click here and answer the questions to find out which group you’re in.
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Privacy statement: To protect the privacy of individuals we will not be providing any further information on individual cases.
Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19.
Under Alert Level 1, the restrictions we have in place are to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in an environment where many people are especially vulnerable. Thank you for continuing to help us keep people safe.
Please don’t enter our facilities if you don’t need to.
Masks and face coverings are not compulsory but you’re welcome to wear one if you wish.
It’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while you’re out and about. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.
Please check in at the front door when you enter any of our buildings using the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Tracer App. This is to help you record where you have been and when. If you don’t have the app, make sure you keep a record of where you have been and who’ve you’ve seen.
Under any Alert Levels where visitor restrictions are in place, an exception will be made for people with disabilities who are in hospital or have to attend an outpatient appointment– where they need a support person to ensure equitable access to health services. For example, a sign language interpreter, support person for someone with a learning disability, or someone to assist with mobility is allowed in addition to that person’s permitted visitor/s.
Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre
|Children's Ward||Whānau/parents/caregivers are welcome at any time, but only one person can stay overnight.
All other visitors are welcome between 8:00am - 8:00pm
|Critical Care Unit||10:00am - 01:00pm
03:00pm - 08:00pm
|General Ward||10:00am - 02:00pm
04:00pm - 08:00pm
|Maternity Ward||10:00am – 12:00pm
04:00pm – 08:00pm
Visitors that mums have nominated can visit at any time
Buller Health Centre
|Foote Ward ||10:00am-02:00pm
Tuesday 16 February 2021 – Changes to national Alert Levels a timely reminder to follow COVID-19 protocols
Thursday 12 November 2020 – Busy weekend of events offers a timely reminder to stay home if you are unwell
Thursday 13 August 2020 – West Coast DHB makes changes to visiting at its facilities following Alert level 2 announcement
Wednesday 29 July 2020 – CE Update – 29 July 2020
Thursday 11 June 2020 – Updated visitor guidance under COVID-19 Alert Level 1 for West Coast DHB facilities
Friday 05 June 2020 – Westport and Greymouth CBACs to close next week
Tuesday 02 June 2020 – Further changes made to West Coast CBACs
Friday 15 May 2020 – Updated visitor guidance under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 for West Coast DHB facilities
Tuesday 12 May 2020 – Blessing marks an important milestone for Te Nīkau Grey Hospital and Health Centre
Tuesday 12 May 2020 – West Coast DHB to continue mobile COVID-19 sentinel testing across the Coast
Friday 01 May 2020 – West Coast DHB to start further mobile COVID-19 sentinel testing on the Coast
Thursday 30 April 2020 – Restrictions remain in place during alert level three to protect the West Coast community
Thursday 30 April 2020 – Updated visitor guidance under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 for West Coast DHB facilities
Monday 20 April 2020 – Needing a prescription for your regular medicines?
Monday 20 April 2020 – Home and Community Support Workers continue to provide care during COVID-19 Alert Level 4
Thursday 09 April 2020 – Fifth case of COVID-19 confirmed on the West Coast
Wednesday 08 April 2020 – Coasters can still access their general practice team for health care appointments
Monday 06 April 2020 – Online form now available for expressions of interest to work in the health system
Monday 06 April 2020 – Fourth case of COVID-19 confirmed on the West Coast
Friday 03 April 2020 – Drive-through clinic targets Māori and other prioritised patients
Sunday 29 March 2020 – COVID-19 Statement from West Coast DHB
Saturday 28 March 2020 – Two further cases of COVID-19 confirmed on the West Coast
Friday 27 March 2020 – All Coast GP Practices have changed the way they are operating
Friday 27 March 2020 – COVID-19 Alert Level Four – Updated hospital and clinic visitor policy
Thursday 26 March 2020 – First COVID-19 case confirmed on the West Coast
Wednesday 25 March 2020 – Temporary changes to limit visitor numbers at West Coast DHB facilities have been implemented
Monday 23 March 2020 – West Coast flu campaign underway
As per Ministry of Health Guidelines:
COVID-19 (formerly known as novel coronavirus) is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted from person to person through droplets. It has spread to every continent except Antarctica and over 170 countries and territories have laboratory-confirmed cases.
It appears that most cases identified to date have mild to moderate illness. In severe cases, though, the virus can cause pneumonia and severe acute respiratory infection.
If you are concerned about any COVID-19 symptoms you are experiencing, please contact Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or your doctor.
More information about accessing healthcare can be found on www.covid19.govt.nz
Public health staff are working with border agencies to ensure New Zealand citizens and residents returning home are screened as they enter the country, and aware of the need to self-isolate and understand what that entails. Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. People who have to self-isolate are also asked to register with Healthline’s COVID-19 advice line by phoning 0800 358 5453.
Staff at airports and ports have information on hand that advises people what to look out for and what to do if they get symptoms.
Page last updated: 12 May 2021
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