Galatea medical emergency | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Galatea medical emergency

The BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched at approximately 7 pm on Friday 10 November, to a rural area of Galatea, 50km SE of Rotorua, to a woman suffering a serious medical emergency.
The rescue helicopter was able to land in a paddock right next to the woman’s house.
The 36-year-old was stablised by paramedics before being airlifted on a rapid response flight to Rotorua Hospital for treatment.

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The Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters can be airborne in 10 minutes, and in a life and death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. It is the timely assistance that the rescue helicopters provides that can reduce disability and improve survival - the sooner resuscitation and treatment begins the greater chance of patient recovery.

But the cost of this is huge. Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters do not receive any funding from the New Zealand Government. Your local rescue helicopter does have contracts with ACC, DHB and New Zealand Police, but this only covers 47% of the operating costs. This means 53% of this must come from the community.

Without community support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 basis, which would mean a serious delay in people being rescued, or transported to and from hospital facilities for urgent treatment.

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