Several missions for the Waikato Crew | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

Several missions for the Waikato Crew

Last week the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked with a number of missions throughout the week.

On Monday the 23rd March the crew was dispatched to Hāwera is the second-largest centre in the Taranaki .

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter retrieved a 44-year-old patient, post-Myocardial Infarction. On return to Hamilton, the weather had deteriorated to the point that the Pilot – Loren executed a missed instrument approach, the clouds were at 500ft, and the lowest you can go on the approach is 580ft. The team were going to divert to Tauranga, but saw a break in the clouds over Matamata and decided to land there.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew landed and decided to send the patient to Waikato Hospital via road ambulance as it was the best possible outcome considering the weather.

On Thursday 26th  March, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter completed an IFR flight to Whitianga for an 89-year-old female, post-Myocardial Infarction.

On Saturday 28th March the crew flew to Taupo Hospital for an Inter-Hospital Transfer retrieval from Taupo to Rotorua.

The ICU flight team were on the job due to the possibility of the crew needing to come straight back to Waikato instead of going to Rotorua. The crew was on the ground for a while as the ICU Team intubated and ventilated the patient so she was stable for transport.

We here at the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter have a policy of keeping the media informed of our work. We do this as a service to the media and in an effort to raise our profile with the public to assist with our fundraising campaigns. Our service is only possible because of sponsor support and donations. We appreciate seeing our name in any stories utilising information supplied by us.

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.

Sign up to our newsletter