Multiple ICU missions for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

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Multiple ICU missions for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched on three night ICU (Intensive Care Unit) hospital missions over the weekend.

On Saturday 26 May at 11.30 pm the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Whakatane Hospital. Then on Sunday 27 May at 10 pm the rescue helicopter was dispatched to Taumarunui Hospital and at 5.30 am to Thames Hospital on Monday 28 May.

All three patients had critical medical conditions and were retrieved under the care of Waikato ICU Flight Teams back to Waikato Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

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