Remote rescue to Ruatahuna | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Remote rescue to Ruatahuna

At 1100am on this morning the Rotorua-based  BayTrust Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the remote Te Urewera township of Ruatahuna (80 km SE of Rotorua).

Battling strong winds and deteriorating weather in the area, the helicopter was able to make it through to the patient.

A 60-year-old local woman was suffering a serious medical event. An Advanced care paramedic from St John crewed the rescue helicopter, assessed and stabilised the patient upon arrival.

The patient was initially bound for Rotorua Hospital but on route her condition deteriorated so  she was flown directly to Waikato hospital.

On arrival at Waikato Hospital her condition was listed as serious.


About Philips Search and Rescue Trust                                 

Philips Search and Rescue Trust is a charitable organisation, operating rescue helicopters throughout the Central North Island. Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on support from principal sponsors and community donations. Special thanks to Rotorua’s principal sponsor, BayTrust. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopters can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics directly to the patient.

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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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