The hospital dental department provides specialist oral health care to people within the Nelson Marlborough region who meet the eligibility criteria.

These include dental services that require hospital admission e.g., services requiring general anaesthetic, general and specialist oral health services for persons needing special care because of medical conditions or disabilities and general and specialist oral health services for persons with severe conditions that cannot be treated appropriately in private practice.

It also provides limited oral health services for people with a current Community Services Card holders on referral by a health professional. Treatment is limited to relief of pain.

The hospital does provide emergency services for trauma, severe orofacial infections and uncontrolled oral bleeding.

The Nelson Hospital and Wairau Hospital dental departments are not able to provide emergency toothache services. Please try your own dentist first. Note: private dental fees apply.

If you are on a low income or benefit Work and Income may be able to help toward the cost of dental treatment, especially if its urgent.


The Nelson Marlborough Health has two centres where dental services are provided.

These are located in the Nelson and Wairau hospitals.


Nelson Hospital Dental Department
Phone: (03) 546 1973

After-hours dentist
Phone: 027 448 2424 and leave a message for after-hours urgent dental advice.


Wairau Hospital Dental Department
Phone: (03) 520 9670

Weekend after-hours dentist
Phone: (03) 520 9999 and ask for the on duty after-hours dentist.