Critical patient airlifted from Waikite Valley | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Critical patient airlifted from Waikite Valley

On Thursday evening the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Waikite Valley for a male in his 70’s who had been kicked by a horse.

The patient was conscious but had a critical brain injury and facial injuries requiring urgent treatment at the scene provided by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic.

It was thanks to quick work by the whole team and the ambulance crew that had the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter delivering the patient to Waikato Hospital within an hour of getting the call.

We here at the Greenlea 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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Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

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