Over the weekend the on-duty crew for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter – IRU attended five missions.
On Friday morning the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked by the newborn unit to perform a transfer from Rotorua Hospital to Waikato Hospital for a sick baby.
Later on in the afternoon, the on-duty crew flew to Waiheke Island for a man suffering from a medical condition. He was overseen by the onboard Intensive Care Paramedic whilst being flown to Auckland Hospital for immediate medical treatment.
On Saturday morning some of the pilots for the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter undertook some training within the Waikato region.
In the afternoon, the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew were dispatched to Kohekohe for injured motorbike rider. The male patient was flown to Middlemore Hospital for medical treatment.
In the evening the crew undertook some night training conducted with the Night Vision Googles. The crew trained in and around the Ngaruawahia region around 6pm.
In the early hour of the morning, the crew was tasked to Taharoa Village on the West Coast for a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident. One male occupant from the vehicle was in critical condition. He was flown to Waikato Hospital for immediate medical treatment.
In the afternoon, the on-duty crew was tasked by the newborn unit to transfer a baby from Tauranga Hospital to Waikato Hospital.
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