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Mission round-up for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter undertook the following missions this week:

Wednesday 14 February: The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched just after 1 pm to Paihaitua to uplift a medical patient from Tararua College. She was stablised by the onboard paramedic before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.

That evening the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Waiouru at 6.45 pm to meet an ambulance with a young child who was unwell. Due to weather, the ambulance had to meet the rescue helicopter just north of Taihape. The patient was stablised by the onboard paramedic before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital for treatment.

Then just before 9 pm, the rescue helicopter was dispatched once again to Kaitawa to assist on scene paramedics with a critical patient. The woman in her 30’s was stablised by the onboard paramedic before being flown to Palmerston North Hospital for further treatment.

Thursday 15 February: The rescue helicopter was dispatched just before 7 pm to Raetihi to uplift a man in his 20’s who lacerated his forearm. He was flown stabilised by paramedics before being flown to Whanganui Hospital for further treatment.

Saturday 17 February: The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Paihaitua at 12.30 pm to Akatarawa Forest Park where a mountain biker had taken a fall injuring his shoulder. The helicopter was utilised due to the remoteness of the patient’s location.  He was treated by the onboard paramedic before being flown to Wellington Hospital for further assessment.

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