News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Busy Start To Westpac Helicopter Week


Busy Start To Westpac Helicopter Week

The Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter has had a busy start to Westpac Helicopter Awareness Month (WHAM), which began today.

Just after 10 am this morning the helicopter was called to Paraparaumu to transport an infant who was having difficulty breathing. Wellington Free Ambulance and the Kapiti Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team had both responded to the home of the infant.

The ambulance transported the four month old baby and her mother to Paraparaumu Domain to meet the helicopter. The doctor and paramedics stabilised the baby prior to transport. Two Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics and Dr. Chris Lane from the EMS team all escorted the baby to hospital.

The baby was in a very serious condition when we arrived at Wellington Hospital Emergency Department at 11:05am. She has since been admitted to the Wellington Intensive Care Unit where is now described to be in a stable condition (as at 7:20pm).

Just after 4 pm this afternoon the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was asked to respond to Annedale, in the Wairarapa, where a 31 year old woman had fallen off a roof. The helicopter, with a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic on board, arrived at the scene shortly after a Wairarapa Ambulance Service team.

The paramedics stabilised the woman before she was put into the helicopter for the trip to Wellington Hospital Emergency Department. The woman's husband, and their seven month old baby also came in the helicopter. The helicopter arrived at Wellington Hospital at 6 pm, and the woman is expected to be admitted to hospital after being treated and assessed in the emergency department.

"In both cases today the size of our BK117 helicopter meant we were able to keep the families together" says Westpac Rescue Helicopter crewman Dave Greenberg. "This morning it was essential to keep the mum with her sick baby, and even though we had four of us in the back treating the baby, there was still room for mum. And then this afternoon it was equally important to transport the husband and the baby in a car seat, along with the injured mother."

For more information on either rescue please contact Dave Greenberg (contact details below).

Westpac Helicopter Awareness Month

May has been designated Westpac Helicopter Awareness Month.

During the month all four Westpac Rescue Helicopters around the country (Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch) will be holding events where the public can come and visit their local Westpac helicopter.


The Life Flight open day, where people can visit both the Wellington based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Life Flight NZ fixed wing air ambulance will be held on Sunday, May 15th, from 10am to 4pm.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news