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Helicopters to the rescue

Helicopters to the rescue

Posted April 06, 2020
Emergency Services

Despite COVID-19 having a massive impact on daily life the Auckland Westpac Helicopter Trust say people can feel reassured that their service remains fully operational.

Westpac 1 crew assisted with the inter hospital transfer of a male patient in his 50’s to Auckland City Hospital on Friday at 1:17 am.

Crew of Westpac 1 then rendezvoused with Helimed 5 at North Shore Airfield to collect their Prehospital and Retrieval Medicine (PHRM) Doctor during the delivery of whole blood for a patient.

At 2:19 pm on Friday Westpac 1 crew flew to Waimauku to assist a male patient in his 20’s whose vehicle had collided with a power pole and rolled. He was the sole driver of the vehicle and self-extracted from the vehicle. He was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a serious condition.

On Saturday at 10:38 am Westpac 3 crew were called to Colville to assist a female patient in her 50’s who had fallen off a log into a river and injured herself. She was flown to Waikato Hospital in a moderate condition.

Then at 2:40 pm Westpac 3 crew were tasked to Whangapoua to assist a female patient in her 40’s suffering a severe allergic reaction to a bee sting. She was flown to Thames Hospital in a moderate condition.Westpac 1 assisted police with an incident on the Tawharanui Peninsula at 6:15 pm on Saturday.

An early hours mission on Sunday had Westpac 1 crew Crew tasked to Onetangi, Waiheke Island to assist a baby boy suffering a medical complaint at 2:15 am. He was flown to Auckland City Hospital in a moderate condition.

At 7:06 pm on Sunday Westpac 3 crew flew to Wellsford to assist a male patient in his 60’s suffering a medical complaint and in a moderate condition. The patient was transported to hospital by road and Westpac 3 returned to base.

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust says all precautionary measures are being taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of onboard crew, support staff and of course patients and their loved ones.

Procedures and protocols are in line with Ministry of Health guidelines for aero medical transport of COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19 patients. This includes full use of personal protective equipment for all crew and protocols for patient care.

Police and Fire personnel are also required to leave the safety of their bubbles for emergency work and all deserve recognition and thanks for their dedication.

Photos: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Service - Waimauku vehicle crash and Colville accident.

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