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

A busy Thursday for the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter

At 1.30 pm on Thursday 7 June, the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to provide skilled medical assist 53-year-old local woman who was having a serious medical event.

Local medical teams were already on site but due to the nature of the woman condition the skills of an Intensive Care Paramedic were required. The use of the rescue helicopter meant his skillset was provided to the woman in the shortest possible time.

The crews spent some time to stabilise the woman before she was transported to Waikato Hospital in a critical condition.
On the return flight to Rotorua, the rescue helicopter was then tasked by Rotorua Hospital to complete an urgent medical transfer from Rotorua to Waikato Hospital.
As the rescue helicopter was in flight, a very quick turnaround ensued at the Rotorua Helipad enabling the patient to be quickly transported to treatment in Waikato.
A 73-year-old local woman was suffering from a very serious medical condition that required urgent specialist treatment. This flight was completed in the dark using NVG (Night Vision Goggles).

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