Life-saving hospital transfer to Waikato | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Life-saving hospital transfer to Waikato

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the patient self-presented to Taupo Emergency Department with a life-threatening medical condition. He received immediate intervention from the Taupo Emergency Department staff who send out for assistance from the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter.

Within 1 hour 30mins of the arrival at the Taupo Emergency Department, the 68-year-old male was being airlifted to Waikato Hospital to receive further life-saving treatment.

36 hours later the patient and his wife called into the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter Hangar to thank the Greenlea staff. The team is always grateful to meet the patients and their families knowing that we were able to play a part in a successful recovery.

We Need You

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
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.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

Support your rescue helicopter and make a lifesaving difference.

Saving Lives, Together.

Sign up to our newsletter