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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiothoracic Services

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Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic

The Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic (RACPC) was set up to see people with chest pain and identify early those with heart symptoms and angina. Patients are referred by their GP because their symptoms may be related to their heart.

The clinic is a 'one stop shop' for most people, who may then be referred on for further investigation or treatment. Up to 20 people a week may be seen at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and eight people at the Horton General Hospital.

The clinic is led by the Consultant Nurse and is staffed by experienced senior clinical staff including nurses and cardiac physiologists.

Guidance for patients attending the clinic

  • Please bring with you all the medication you are currently taking.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and low-heeled comfortable walking shoes.
  • If you are driving to the hospital, please allow time to park your car, as there is very limited space.
    • John Radcliffe Hospital site:

      You will need to report to the reception desk in the Outpatients Blue Area on level 2 of the John Radcliffe Hospital.
    • Horton General Hospital site:

      You will need to report to the Cardiac Investigations Department.
  • You will be seen by a Nurse Consultant, or Senior Cardiac Physiologist, who will ask some questions about your symptoms and how they have affected you. They will also ask you about other health issues which may be related to your symptoms.
  • You will be examined briefly and have your blood pressure taken, and an electrocardiogram (ECG) will be recorded.
  • While you are attached to the ECG machine, we will ask you to take some exercise as part of your assessment. This exercise involves a fairly brisk walk on a treadmill.

For the majority of people, we are able to offer them an idea, at the time of the appointment, whether the cause of symptoms is the heart. If this is the case, we will ask your doctor to start treatment immediately.

In some cases we may need to arrange further investigations. These will be explained to you at the time of your appointment.

Contact us

If you would like any other information, or wish to talk about what will happen at your appointment, please feel free to contact: