Man in hospital after suspected heart attack at Guild Hall show

Posted on - 30th October, 2017 - 4:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News
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The Guild Hall in Lancaster Road Pic: Paul Melling

A man remains in a serious condition in hospital after collapsing at a dance event in Preston city centre.


Preston Police were called to Preston Guild Hall during the S2S Festival – which ran until 6am on Sunday (29 October).

Emergency services were called by staff at the venue around 3.30am on Sunday when a man was taken ill.

Paramedics attended, along with police, and a man in his 20s was found at the scene having suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

Manager at the Guild Hall Richard Simkin praised the response of his team to the man’s collapse.

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He said: “The first responder immediately at the scene was one of the security staff who is first aid trained and again immediately began to administer first aid. Within seconds the on-site medics were with him and working on him.

“A young lady who witnessed the gentleman collapse called 999 with paramedics attending within minutes and all medics were working to save his life all the way to the hospital.

“Without this immediate response from our event staff it could have been much worse and our thoughts and prayers are with the gentlemen at this time.”

The man was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment and has since been transferred to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. He remains in a serious condition.

The North West Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to the Guild Hall twice during the early hours of Sunday.

A spokeswoman said: “The first one was at 2:09am, a female patient in her early 20s was taken to RPH after collapsing.

“We were called again at 3:11am to a male patient in his late 20s who was again taken to RPH after collapsing.”

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