District Health Boards
Greater Wellington has two District Health Boards (DHBs). Capital Coast Health delivers health services to Wellington, Kenepuru, and Paraparaumu, as well as from various community bases. The Hutt Valley DHB which covers the Hutt Valley has combined their Chief Executive function with the Wairarapa DHB.
The four public hospitals in the wider area are Wellington, Kenepuru, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa
There are four private hospitals in the region.
Free dental care birth-18 years
Free basic dental treatment is available for all teenagers until the day before their 18th birthday, although you will need to check that the dentist of your choice provides this service.
Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service is a community dental service for children in the region aged from birth to 18 years. Mobile dental units visit every school to provide a free annual examination. If treatment is required, it is provided at community dental clinics.
All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.
Local health centres and doctors (GPs)
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.
The following links list GPs (and in some cases their fees) for each of the greater Wellington regions.
Mental health services
There are two mental health services for the region.
After hours clinics
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.
Wellington and Porirua
This CCDBH page gives the times and locations for after-hours clinics in these areas.
After Hours Medical Centre is located at 729 High Street.For accidents and serious illness you should go to the Emergency Department at Hutt Hospital.
Upper Hutt Health Centre
Queen Street Carpark, Upper Hutt. Open weekdays 8.30am to 5pm. After hours 5pm to 8pm, Weekends 9am to 6pm (closed 1pm to 2pm), Public holidays: 10am to 5pm.
Urgent Help in Hutt Valley or Wairarapa
Options for urgent medical help in the Hutt Valley are on this page.
After hours care in Kapiti
Team Medical - open until 10pm, 7 days a week.
Coastal Medical - Open 24 hours a day.
After hours pharmacies
The urgent pharmacy is close to Wellington Hospital.
After hours pharmacy services are located at 729 High St, Lower Hutt. The phone number is 04-939 6669.
There is an after hours pharmacy within the Kenepuru Hospital.
There is one after hours pharmacy in the Coastlands shopping mall.
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.
Having a baby
A wide range of maternity services are available throughout the Wellington region. Check the DHB's maternity pages for more information
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. 0800 725 463
Hospice is specialist care is given to those with life-limiting illness. They provide hospice care in the region free of charge and in the setting of their choice.