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Taupo Transport for Toddler

On Wednesday, 24 November, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to retrieve a young patient from Taupo Hospital who had suffered a medical emergency.

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Whakamaru Mission

On Tuesday, 23 November, the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Whakamaru for a female patient in her 30’s who had collapsed.

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Pyes Pa Tree-tree felling accident

In the afternoon of Monday, 22 November, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked to Pyes Pa for a male patient in his 50’s who had sustained serious upper-body injuries following a tree-felling accident.

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Saving Lives Over October

Your Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter crew completed a total of 35 missions over the month of October, including to locations such as Dannevirke, Levin, Taihape, Tararua Ranges, Ohaukune and Turoa. Of these 35 total missions, 6 inter-hospital transfers, 15 medicals, 1 rescue, 2 motor vehicle accidents and 11 rural/farm incidents were attended to by your rescue crew.

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Saving Lives in October

The month of October saw your Greenlea Rescue Helicopter completing a total of 34 missions, including to locations such as Rotorua, Turoa Ski Field, Tongariro National Park and Kaimanawa Forest. Out of the 34 missions completed, 16 inter-hospital transfers, 5 medicals, 10 farm/rural incidents and 3 motor vehicle accidents were attended to by your Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew.

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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.

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