The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was notified of two critical patients requiring transport to Waikato Hospital early this morning at approximately 2.30am.
The first mission was a 69-year-old Kawakawa woman in respiratory distress at Thames Hospital. She was stabilised by an ICU flight team before being flown to Waikato Hospital.
After a quick shut down to unload, refuel and flight plan, the crew departed for Taumarunui Hospital to transport a 53-year-old local man who had crashed his car down an embankment.
He suffered multiple injuries and was stabilised at Taumarunui Hospital by the ED flight team before being flown back to Waikato Hospital.