West Coast District Health Board

West Coast DHB

The West Coast District Health Board (DHB) is one of twenty DHBs charged with improving, promoting and protecting the health and independence of our resident population.

We have the smallest population of any DHB in New Zealand with responsibility for 32,600 people; only 0.7% of the total New Zealand population.

Although we are the smallest DHB by population we have the third largest geographical area, making the West Coast DHB the most sparsely populated DHB in the country with only 1.4 people per square kilometre.

Our District extends from Karamea in the north to Jackson Bay in the south, and Otira in the East.   It comprises three Territorial Local Authorities:  Buller, Grey and Westland districts.  Grey district has the largest population, with an estimated resident population of 13,550 people.

West Coast District Health Board Maternity Facilities:
Primary Kawatiri Unit at Buller Hospital, Westport
Secondary McBrearty Ward at Grey Base Hospital
Tertiary Christchurch Women’s Hospital

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Place of birth:

72%  McBrearty Ward at Grey Base Hospital (Secondary Facility)

6%   Kawatiri unit at Buller Hospital (Primary Facility)

9% Christchurch Women’s Hospital (Tertiary Facility)

4% Nelson

5% Home birth

McBreaty Ward at Grey Base hospital is secondary maternity care facility for women or babies requiring specialist care.

Average annual births =243

  • two birthing rooms
  • one birthing pool
  • five antenatal / postnatal bedrooms
  • one neonatal cot
  • 4 beds in the high dependency unit



  • Free education including compulsory Emergency Skills day.
  • LMC forum.
  •  New graduate familiarization days.
  • EAP counselling services.

Click below to access the latest maternity guidelines

Maternity Guidelines

Please find below the latest McBreaty ward referral forms!

Apologies under construction the referral forms will be here soon!


03 769 7598


McBrearty Ward,

Level 1,

Grey Base Hospital
71 Water Walk Rd


See below the West Coast District Health Board maternity annual report:

Click to view WCDHB MQSP Annual Report 2017-2018