Health & Wellbeing

South Canterbury offers a range of both public and private medical facilities.

Several leading medical specialists and surgeons have chosen to settle here, many emigrating from other countries in search of a better lifestyle.

Primary and community health services are integrated with the South Canterbury District Health Board that employs more than 950 people and provides public hospital and health services to more than 55,000 people. Bidwill Trust Hospital in Timaru offers an extensive range of services including general surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, oral, ENT and gynecology. As a Charitable Trust, surplus funds are invested back into the hospital to ensure that best equipment and facilities are maintained.

There are approximately 40 GPs (general practitioner/doctors) throughout South Canterbury and many pharmacies and chemists. It is important to be enrolled with a local GP to ensure you and your family receive the care or referrals you need to be healthy.

South Canterbury is well served with social agencies that cater to the specific requirements within the community and those with ethnic or special needs.

Elderly people are exceptionally well catered for in the district, with a wide range of aged care facilities ranging from self-contained cottages and apartments within retirement villages, to full hospital and dementia care.

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High quality healthcare is available throughout South Canterbury. Hospitals, medical centres, doctors, health practioners, dentists and pharmacies are close by.

Find A Dentist

Find a dentist or oral hygiene specialist.

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Mental Health

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s mood or behavior, help is available. People in South Canterbury have good access to a range of support services.

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Arowhenua Whanau Services

A Maori Health provider offering marae based integrated services to all Maori and non Maori living in South Canterbury. Centres in Temuka, Timaru, Twizel and Waimate.

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