Medical callout to Te Kaha | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Medical callout to Te Kaha

The Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to TeKaha Medical Centre at 4.30am on Thursday 19 January, where a 60-year-old male, suffering from a serious medical condition, required immediate hospital care.

The patient was stabilised by St John Paramedics before being flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

The flight was conducted under night vision goggles. The rescue helicopter was called due to the nature of the medical condition and distance to the required hospital.

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