The Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter carried out two hospital transfers back to back on Friday.

Both patients were airlifted from Tauranga Hospital to Waikato Hospital for specialist treatment.

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The first was at 2.30pm for a 71-year-old man with a serious cardiac condition.

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On return to base, the helicopter was called out again, this time for a 55-year-old man with a cardiac condition.