The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Akitio, on the East Coast, on Tuesday 7 March at around 8am for a Dannevirke woman who had suffered injuries in a fall.
The patient was stabilised at the scene by the on-board St John Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic before being airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.
Then, just after midday, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to a rural property, west of Taihape, where a man in his 40’s was suffering a serious medical event. He was transported to Palmerston North Hospital.
The third mission was to rescue a 30-year-old Palmerston North woman, who had slipped off a farm track in hill country, east of Pahiatua, badly breaking her ankle. The rescue winch was required to access the patient due to the difficult location, several kilometres from any formed roads.
The on-board Intensive Care Paramedic was winched down to the patient’s location to stabilise the woman, before both the patient and paramedic were extracted from the scene.