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Helicopters to the Rescue

Helicopters to the Rescue

Posted April 28, 2020
Emergency Services

The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has remained fully operational throughout the COVID-19 restrictions.
Precautionary measures are being taken to ensure the safety and well-being of onboard crew, support staff, 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.

Eight patients needed assistance between Friday 24 April and yesterday, Monday 27 April.

Waiheke Island was visited four times over the weekend. Three patients suffered medical conditions needing emergency treatment and one suffered a fall. All were transported to Auckland Hospital.

Yesterday three Coromandel destinations were visited. A female patient in her 30’s suffering a severe allergic reaction was flown from Whitianga to Thames Hospital in a moderate condition between 10 and 10:30 am.

At 3:50 pm crew were tasked to Coromandel to assist a female patient in her 50’s who slipped and suffered a fall while feeding some animals. An intensive care paramedic needed to be winch inserted to extract the patient. She was flown toWaikato Hospital in a moderate condition.

Pauanui was the next destination to assist a male patient suffering a medical complaint at 7:36 pm. Unfortunately, the patient died and Westpac 1 returned to base.

Disappointingly the Auckland rescue Helicopter Trust have had to cancel upcoming fundraising events and with many of their supporters affected by loss of work, funding is now one of their biggest challenges. Thanks to those who continue to support them at this very important time. Without your support the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust would not be able to operate this lifesaving service.