Whanganui - Manawatu Healthcare
District Health Boards
There are two District Health Boards (DHBs) in the Whanganui-Manawatu region. Whanganui District Health Board which serves the Whanganui area and MidCentral Health Board which serves the Palmerston North area.
There are 2 hospitals in this region: Whanganui Hospital and Palmerston North Hospital
To find Private hospitals in this region search on this Ministry of Health webpage
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.
To find a PHO and GPs in the Whanganui-Manawatu region use the links below.
Mental Health Services
Mental healthcare services in the Whanganui area are provided by Whanganui DHB. Look on their website for details
Mental healthcare services in the Palmerston North area are provided by MidCentral DHB. Look on their website for details
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.
Whanganui DHB runs an after hours GP service in Whanganui Hospital's Emergency Department. The Palms health centre in Palmerston North offers after hours health care, and so does City Doctors.
After hours pharmacies
The Whanganui Hospital Emergency department (see above) also provides the district's after hours pharmacy service.
After hours pharmacy details for Manawatu are listed on this Central PHO page
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
There are various options available for giving birth in the Whanganui/Manawatu region. Check on the Ministry of Health web-site to see what is available in your area.
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. Call 0800 725 463 or visit the websites.
Hospice is specialist care given to those with life-limiting illness. Hospice Wanganui provides hospice care in the region free of charge and in the setting of their choice.