Back-to-back hospital transfers for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Back-to-back hospital transfers for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter carried out back-to-back transfers on Friday 8 June from Tauranga Hospital.

The first was at 2.30pm, for a 71-year-old man with and serious cardiac condition. On return to base, the rescue helicopter was dispatched for a second transfer, this time for a 55-year-old man, also with a cardiac condition.

Both men were flown on rapid response flights to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.



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