Busy Friday for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Busy Friday for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters

On Friday the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters were dispatched to four different missions throughout the day.

They were tasked on their first mission at 8.30am by the Waikato New-born Unit. The crew transported a baby to Taranaki Hospital with a Doctor and Nurse Practitioner on board.

Shortly after returning to base, the crew was again tasked by the Waikato New-born Unit. The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew transported a baby from Taranaki to Auckland. In attendance on the mission, a Doctor and Nurse Practitioner.

At 11.50am the on-duty crew received an urgent call for a medical retrieval from Rotorua Hospital. A male was suffering from a serious cardiac condition and required specialised treatment. He was carefully monitored by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic. The patient was delivered to the Cath Lab at Waikato Hospital.

The four mission of the day was called in at 4.15pm for another urgent transfer of a male from Rotorua suffering a serious medical event. After meeting with the Rotorua Ambulance Road Crew, the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic took over, treating the patient whilst being airlifted to Waikato ED.

We here at the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

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