Southland Healthcare

Good healthcare services are available in the region. Facilities include hospitals in Invercargill and Gore. However depending on your condition and where you live, you may have to travel for treatment.
Looking for general healthcare information?

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Southern

Health services in the Southland region are provided byTe Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Southern

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Southern

Public Hospitals

The main hospital in this region is Southland Hospital in Invercargill. There is also a hospital in Gore. Check this website for more details

Hospital locations | Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Southern

Private Hospitals

There is one private hospital in Southland - Southern Cross Hospital, which is based in Invercargill.

Private hospital | Southern Cross

Doctors (GPs) and local health centres

Doctors (GPs)  are fully trained medical doctors who can advise you on your health and refer you for further tests or specialist treatment if needed. GPs are registered with a Primary Health Organisation (PHO).

Enrolling with your local doctor will save you money and help keep you and your family healthy.

To find GPs in the Southland region use the links below. To find out if a GP is currently taking on new patients, you will need to phone Southern PHO on 03 214 6436.

Enrolling with your local doctor

Find a doctor | Southern PHO

Find a GP | Healthpoint


All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.

Dental Council of New Zealand

Mental Health Services

Mental health services in Southland are provided by Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Southern. Look on their website for details

Mental Health Services | Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Southern

After Hours Medical

For information about after hours healthcare in the Southland region go to the WellSouth PHO website.

After hours services | WellSouth PHO

If you are feeling unwell or need some urgent medical advice, Healthline offers a 24 hour health service over the phone. You can call them on 0800 611 116.

About Healthline | Ministry of Health


The Plunket Society (Plunket) offers information, support and developmental assessments of children at varying stages between birth and 5 years. They also organise car seat education services, parenting education and parenting groups. See the links below for services in your area.

Plunket also offers a free parent helpline and advice service available to all families and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 933 922 for parenting help.

Southland | Plunket

Plunket Line | Plunket

Having a baby

There are various options available for giving birth in the Southland region. Check on the Ministry of Health website to see what is available in your area.

Maternity facilities | Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand Southern

Senior line

Senior Line is a phone service and online portal with information for older people and their carers who are making decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, day care options and rest homes.

Southern | Senior line


Hospice is specialist care is given to those with life-limiting illness. Hospice Southland provides hospice care in Southland and the Wakatipu Basin free of charge and in the setting of their choice.

Hospice Southland

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