The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter weekly round-up 29 October – 4 November | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

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The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter weekly round-up 29 October – 4 November

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter flew 12 missions over the last week:

Saturday 29 October – An afternoon mission to Levin for a 40-year-old woman with a medical emergency.

She was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Wellington Hospital for specialist treatment.

On the return journey the rescue helicopter landed in Shannon for an elderly man who had a medical emergency, which required the on board St John’s Intensive Care Paramedic.

He was transported to Palmerston North Hospital.

Later that evening the helicopter was dispatched to a 20-year-old woman in Taihape with abdominal injuries.

She was airlifted to Whanganui Hospital.

Sunday 30 October – A morning mission to Levin, for a 30-year-old woman who was having difficulties with her pregnancy and required urgent transportation to Palmerston North Hospital.

Following that the rescue helicopter was tasked to Akitio, where a 6-week-old baby needed medical treatment and was transfered to the Palmerston North Hospital.

Later that afternoon the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Otaki, where a 20-year-old woman was located with an abdominal injury.

She required urgent medical attention at Wellington Hospital.

Monday 31 October – An evening mission to Taihape for a 9-year-old boy with a medical emergency.

He was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Whanganui hospital.

Wednesday 2 November – A morning mission to Ngamahanga, for a 70-year-old man with a medical emergency.

He was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Hastings Hospital.

Later in the evening, the rescue helicopter was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on State Highway 1 just south of Levin.

A 60-year-old woman was extracted from her car by the Levin Fire brigade, then was stabilised by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Palmerston North.

Thursdsay 3 November – A morning mission Raetihi for a 30 year-old man who had received injuries.

He was stabilised on scene by St John paramedics before being airlifted to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.

Friday 4 November – An afternoon mission to Levin for a woman with a medical emergency.

She was airlifted to Palmerston North Hospital.

Later that evening, the rescue helicopter was sent to an 8-year-old boy with a medical emergency in Taihape.

He was airlifted, along with his Mum, to Palmerston North Hospital.

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