The past week was a busy one for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter. On Wednesday 28 February, the rescue helicopter was dispatch to an emergency hospital transfer at 3 pm on a 49-year-old male from Whakatane Hospital to Waikato Hospital. The rescue helicopter was then called back to Tauranga Hospital to transport a 14-year-old female who required specialist surgery to Waikato Hospital.
The following morning at 4 am the rescue helicopter was dispatched to the East Cape settlement of Hawai, east of Opotiki, where a 72-year-old local man had suffered a serious medical event. He was flown to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition. Later that morning the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was tasked to transfer a 42-year-old man with a serious cardiac condition from Tauranga Hospital to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.
Friday 2 March saw the rescue helicopter tasked to fly an 11-year-old girl with on-going medical conditions from Tauranga Hospital to Starship Hospital for specialist treatment. The flew back to Tauranga Hospital with a 7-week-old baby girl who was born with a heart condition. It was the first time out of hospital and she slept the entire flight.