A busy weekend for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

A busy weekend for the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter

On the morning of Saturday, February 20th, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waihaha, a rural community in the Taupo District, for a mountain biker who had sustained head and neck injuries.  The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter flew the patient to Waikato Hospital.

Shortly after arriving back at base, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing for a tramper who sustained an ankle injury.

Around midday, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter transported a patient with a head injury to Waikato Hospital.

Later that evening, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter attended to a patient in Waiouru, a small town in the Ruapehu District, following a medical event. The patient was flown to Rotorua Hospital.

The Greenlea Rescue Helicopter then conducted an inter-hospital transfer of a young patient from Taupo Hospital to Waikato Hospital due to a medical event.

On Sunday, February 21, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter transported a patient to Waikato Hospital following a medical event.

That afternoon, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter transported another patient to Waikato Hospital following a medical event.

 

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