IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL - ONE. ONE. ONE.
Despite what you may presume, it takes a medical emergency to realise just how fortunate we are to live on Kawau Island.
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One of my neighbours had to make the emergency call at 10 p.m. the other night. That brought in the Island's First Response Team to stabilise her and within the hour she was loaded on the ambulance helicopter heading for Auckland Public Hospital. It took 12 minutes from the helicopter's take-off to arrival at hospital. Her partner went down to be with her and after arriving on the Mainland, because of the heavy commuting traffic, it took three and a half hours to get to the hospital.
In the meanwhile txts and phone calls raced around our bay and immediately there were people ready to be of any further assistance. My neighbour was operated on the next morning and is safe in her hospital bed and only awaits full recovery before returning to the Island.