8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.


The District Nursing Service is a community based service providing a wide range of care to patients in their own homes.   

District Nurses are qualified nurses who meet specific health needs in communities, utilising specialised nursing knowledge and assessment skills.  The services include wound care, palliative care, continence, costomy specialist care and hospital post discharge care.

The Southland District Nursing Service operates seven days a week and on a needs basis in the rural areas. Nurses support patients in all rural areas i.e Riverton, Winton, Otautau, Nightcaps, Te Anau, Lumsden, Queenstown, Tokanui and Stewart Island.

Southland Services include Nurse-led clinics at Wyndham, Stewart Island and Tokanui.

Admission to the Southland service is via referral from hospital or a General Practitioner.

Central Point of  Contact for Southland referrals, except Gore and Tuatapere - Phone: (03) 214 5783. Fax: (03) 214 8919

The Dunedin District Nursing Service provides care to the greater Dunedin area including Palmerston and Middlemarch.

This service is closely linked to Dunedin hospital to help ensure patients are supported safely in the community after hospital discharge while also maintaining close liaison with local GP practices, Hospice and residential facilities.

Referral Expectations

Referral to the Southland District Nursing Service is via referral from hospital or a General Practitioner.

Central Point of Contact for Southland (except Gore and Tuatapere)  Phone: (03) 214 7223. 

GP referrals via ERMS, all others via 


Referral to the Dunedin District Nursing Service is through the Care Coordination Centre Single Point of Entry. 

GP referrals via ERMS.

All other referrals via email 


No fees apply


8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Mon – Sun8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

These hours are for services in Dunedin and Invercargill. Rural areas are serviced Monday - Friday and weekends, as required.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Wound care


  • Palliative care


  • Continence


  • Costomy specialist care


  • Hospital post discharge care


Contact Details

All referrals to come via Invercargill, Southland Hospital:  ERMS or

145 Palmerston Street
Riverton 9822

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145 Palmerston Street
Riverton 9822

This page was last updated at 10:53AM on December 21, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB District Nursing.