On Wednesday morning the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter was sent to the Whakapapa Skifield at 7:30am for a patient in cardiac arrest.
It was thanks to quick thinking and fantastic CPR skills from bystanders, ski patrols, and road ambulance staff that the patient was able to regain a pulse.
The patient was RSI’ed at the scene by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic Rob Keating before being flown in a critical condition to Waikato Hospital.
At midday, the on-duty crew was dispatched back to Whakapapa for a skier who had fractured her femur while out on the mountain. The Ski Patrol crew treated the woman and prepared her for transportation. Due to the location on the mountain, the team landed at Cat Shed at the top of the ski field and transported the patient to Waikato Hospital.
While returning back to home base the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter crew we were diverted to transport a patient from Taupo ED through to Rotorua Hospital. The patient has suffered from chest injuries following a fall from a horse.