To keep things simple in this article we will refer to health centres, medical practices, etc, just as clinics.
If you are eligible, enrolling at a clinic means you get cheaper doctor and nurse visits. It also means if you get sick, your health team will already know who you are, and whatever medical history you choose to share when you enrol.
Some clinics have an enrolment limit, so you and your whānau should enrol now, or as soon as you move to a new area.
You can find a health centre or clinic by selecting a link on the table just below:
|Name of facility||Town||District|
|Coastal Health Limited||Greymouth||Grey|
|Fox Glacier Clinic||Fox Glacier||South Westland|
|Haast Clinic||Haast||South Westland|
|Hari Hari Clinic||Hari Hari||South Westland|
|Hokitika Health Centre||Hokitika||Westland|
|Karamea Medical Centre||Karamea||Buller|
|Lake Brunner Clinic||Moana||Grey|
|Ngakawau Health Centre||Ngakawau||Buller|
|Reefton Integrated Family Health Centre||Reefton||Buller|
|South Westland Area Practice||Franz Josef||South Westland|
|Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre||Greymouth||Grey|
|Westland Medical Centre||Hokitika||Westland|
|Whataroa Clinic||Whataroa||South Westland|
Some practices specialise in certain types of care, such as sports doctors, and some have staff that speak different languages. GPs also have different values, such as Māori primary healthcare providers.
Some clinics charge more than others. All practices list prices on their websites, and you can also call and ask what an appointment costs.
You can call a local PHO for information about clinics in your area. You can also talk to your whānau and friends, and other people in your communities such as at your local school, church or sports club.
Visit your chosen clinic's reception. You will have to fill out a form with contact details and some basic information about your medical history.
Some practice websites have online enrolment forms.
In an emergency, call 111. Otherwise, you should always contact your clinic first, if you or someone in your whānau is sick.
Call your usual clinic's phone number, and someone will answer the phone at all times. A nurse is available after hours to give free health advice.
For information on how to obtain medicine that needs prescribed, or how to get repeats or renewals for your prescription visit our ‘Renewing prescriptions‘ page.
Page last updated: 7 August 2020
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