Doctors, practice nurses and pharmacists are examples of primary healthcare providers.

They are generally the first person you see for medical help. When you are referred to a hospital or specialist, this is called secondary care.

Nelson Marlborough Health funds two primary health organisations that oversee primary healthcare in our regions: Marlborough Primary Health and Nelson Bays Primary Health.

Find a doctor (general practitioner) in Nelson.

Find a doctor in Marlborough.


What are the benefits of signing up with a GP team?

When you enrol with a general practice or medical centre, there is a team of people ready to help you and your whanau stay well and healthy.

 Being enrolled with a GP practice will mean you can:
•    access healthcare for a range of health issues, including, immunisations, illnesses and injuries
•    pay less for prescriptions (or free if you’re under 13)
•    get ongoing vaccination and health screening reminders
•     have a referral for specialist advice when needed

See more information about general practitioner (GP) practices and fees in Nelson and Marlborough

Most practices in Nelson and Marlborough have free consultations for children under 13.


After-hours medical care for children aged under 13

If your child is unwell, talk to your general practice team. If it's after-hours your call will be answered by a registered nurse. The nurse will be able to tell you what to do or where to go.

If you are advised to take your child to urgent after hours centre or duty doctor the consultation will be free after 6pm.