A baby has been flown to Tauranga Hospital with serious head injuries.

The three-week-old baby was hurt after it fell at a property in Opotiki about 10pm, needing immediate hospital care.

The pilot said the mother was understood to have fallen asleep and the baby fell from her arms.

St John paramedics stabilised the baby and took it to the Opotiki airfield where it was picked up by the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter and flown to Tauranga Hospital.

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The helicopter was called due to the distance from the required hospital.The flight was conducted using night vision goggles.