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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.

GPs refer people to the clinic if 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. It is led by the Consultant Nurse and is staffed by experienced senior clinical staff including nurses and cardiac physiologists.

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:
    Come to Outpatients Blue Area reception on Level 2 of the John Radcliffe Hospital.
  • Horton General Hospital site:
    Come to the Cardiac Investigations Department.

A Nurse Consultant or Senior Cardiac Physiologist 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 have a brief examination and 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

Jan Keenan: 01865 231455