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Westland Medical Centre
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Serving all of the Community

Westland Medical Centre was established in 1987 with a single doctor and has grown over the intervening years to be the major provider of primary health care to the local community. Following an expansion of the facilities in 1999, the practice now supports three General Practitioners, four full time and a part time practice nurse. A visiting audiologist, a podiatrist, and members of the PHO Mental Health team are amoung those who make use of the facilities tat are available for visiting Medical and Surgical Specialists. Three full time receptionists, two part time receptionists and other clerical staff, including a practice manager, support the Practice. The buildings and facilities are all new and custom built to meet the needs of a practice dedicated to providing the best possible service to the community. The Centre promotes ongoing medical education for all staff and includes in-house training, peer review evenings and formal and informal CME (Continuing Medical Education). The centre is deeply involved with teaching medical and nursing students from Otago and Canterbury Universities.

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Hokitika has a pharmacy, a dental practice, two physiotherapists, district nurses, an optometrist, mental health workers, alcohol and drug counselors, a public health nurse and various other ancillary staff. St John Ambulance provides the Centre with an excellent emergency medical service and is staffed by both paid and volunteer staff. The Medical Centre works closely with St John to ensure emergency training commitments are completed by both teams. The Base Hospital is 30 minutes to the north in Greymouth.

The elderly community is well supported with numerous social services available to them. Home help and health care workers are available and visit frequently. The town also has a 30 room rest home which has facilities for hospital level care if required for those residents no longer able to live at home. Mental health services are outstanding, including well monitored community housing and easily accessible in patient and out patient services. The practice provides weekly clinics at the high school (during school terms) and visits the rest home at least weekly and additionally when there is a need. Doctors and nurses do house calls to patients unable to come to the practice rooms.

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 14:40
 
 

Westland Medical Centre

Practice Hours

Monday, Wednesday to Friday

8am – 4.45pm

Tuesday

9am – 4.45pm

Practice Phone Number

03 755 8180

Practice Fax Number

03 7557499

Appointments

We are currently enrolling new patients.

Consultations with both the doctors and nurses are usually made by appointment. It is a good idea to let the receptionist know how urgent the appointment is and what it is for. Some procedures may take a little longer. Please let the receptionist know when you have arrived for your appointment. They will check you off on the computer and this lets the doctor or nurse know you are here.

Waiting time

Due to unexpected emergencies, delays are sometimes inevitable. Reception will keep all waiting patients informed. We ask for your tolerance and understanding in these circumstances. Please remember to tell us you have arrived, otherwise you may be missed.

After hours service

Telephone: 755 8180

We provide a 24-hour a day,
365 days a year service.

The Westland Medical Centre uses an after hours contact centre staffed by registered nurses. All after-hours phone calls will be answered by a nurse who will triage. If required they will then contact the on call provider.

Weekend and Public Holiday clinics are available for Urgent cases only. Either a doctor or registered nurse staff these. Clinic Hours being at 10.00am and again at 5.00pm.

Surcharges apply for these visits.

In an Emergency dial 111

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Our Cornerstone acceditation is up to date. This is the third time we have been accedited. See 

http://www.rnzcgp.org.nz/cornerstone-general-practice-accreditation

for why this is so important for a medical centre.