Medical emergency in Pongaroa | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Medical emergency in Pongaroa

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Pongaroa on Friday14 July, at around midday to a man in his 60’s with a medical emergency.

He was stabilised by paramedics before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a serious condition.

The rescue helicopter was utilised due to the distance and time from hospital, made worse by the recent weather affecting the roads in the area.

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It could be you, your family, friends, staff or patrons that need us. Your support ensures the rescue helicopters are available in your community.

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.

Becoming a supporter of your local rescue helicopters means you will be making a life-saving difference in your community.

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