VIDEO UPDATE - Main ring activities at Heckington Show suspended due to air ambulance

The activities in the main ring at Heckington Show were this afternoon (Saturday) suspended after a medical incident within the showground.

The incident is reported to have happened elsewhere in the showground and the air ambulance needing to land in the main ring.

The air ambulance lands in the main ring at Heckington Show this afternoon (Saturday). EMN-160730-183946001

The air ambulance lands in the main ring at Heckington Show this afternoon (Saturday). EMN-160730-183946001

The ambucopter has come from the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire service.

Charles Pinchbeck, chairman of the show, told The Standard: A patient has been treated for a pre-existing medical condition. They were stablilised by the St John Ambulance and an air ambulance paramedic team and flown to a specialist unit.”

He went on: “Our thanks and praise go to the swift response of the emergency services, the St John Ambulance and air ambulance.

“There were no injuries, just a pre-existing medical condition. Not location specific - it could have happened anywhere.”

The ambucopter’s arrival suspended activities in the main ring for an hour, first awaiting the helicopter’s arrival and then while medics worked on the patient screened by blanknets held by St John Ambulance staff. But Mr Pinchbeck said the show would go on unaffected.

“We have had the emergency services team absolutely focussed on the care of the patient and the events team working on the programme and we are still able to have the full ring programme and will start on time for the evening concert (7pm).

“The heavy horses were moved to another ring. There is usually a supper interval but that is gone and we will carry straight on to the evening event.”

The two-day show, in its 149th year, is the biggest of its kind in England.

Aside form the main ring, there are a whole host of trade stands and family activities.