A busy month for the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A busy month for the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Urewera settlement of Ruatahuna just after 9 am on Monday 30 April where a 34-year-old woman was in premature labour with twins.

Due to the potential complications of premature labour the rescue helicopter was essential, getting a specialist pediatric team to the remote location as quickly as possible.

The woman and her babies were treated at the scene.  All three were then taken to Rotorua Hospital for further observation.  It is understood all are healthy.

The Rotorua Based BayTrust Rescue Helicopter carries out approximately over 200 missions per year.  The missions are varied, anything from motor vehicle accidents, farm and forestry incidents, labour and birth related, sport and leisure activities and general health emergencies.

In the past month alone the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter has been called out 13 times, including:

  • an urgent transfer to Waikato Hospital for a woman with sepsis, utilising Night Vision Goggle equipment.
  • a callout to a motor vehicle accident in Taupo to airlift a patient with serious trauma to Rotorua Hospital.
  • airlifting a 19-year-old woman from a remote horse riding event with multiple injuries.
The base was established in 1992 and is currently located at its hangar at the Rotorua Hospital.  It is funded in part by government contracts with ACC and the DHB.  Over 50% of the annual operating costs come from the community; individuals, local business, sponsors and funding organisations.
To support the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter please donate at www.rescue.org.nz/donate

Philips Rescue Helicopters, Bay Trust Rotorua BOP Rescue Helicopter, Tuesday 2 May 2017. Photo: Stephen Barker/Barker Photography.©Philips Search & Rescue Trust



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