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Clinic G

The entrance to Clinic G (Cardiology).

Chest Pain Clinic





Rapid Access Cardiac Clinic

Main clinic telephone no(s): 01473 703754
Nearest car park:
Nearest entrance:
Directions from entrance to clinic:
Car Park F. View car parking information.
Entrance 6
Enter main outpatients department, turn left, take second turning to the right - Clinic G (Cardiology) is on the right hand side of the corridor. View hospital map.
Overview: The Rapid Assessment Cardiac Chest Pain Clinic (RACCP) provides a specialist assessment of people who visit their GP with symptoms of what may be angina. Patients are seen within two weeks of being referred.
Clinic times: Monday, 9am - 1pm
Tuesday, 9am - 1pm
Wednesday, 2pm - 5pm
Thursday,  9pm - 1pm
Friday, 2pm - 4.30pm
What to expect at your appointment: You will be seen, a full history taken and then examined by a consultant, doctor or nurse specialist. An electrocardiogram and exercise tolerance test may be carried out if necessary. The ECG is a recording of the electrical impulses in the heart and the exercise tolerance test is an examination to find out how your heart responds to stress.

ECG: (Duration 10 - 15 minutes)
This is one of the simplest and quickest tests carried out in the hospital.
You will required to undress to your waist and lay on a bed. Ten small sticky pads (electrodes) will be placed  on your chest, arms and legs. These will be connected by wires to a machine called an electrocardiograph.
Whilst the recording is being taken you must lie as still as possible. You will not feel anything whilst this is happening. The recording will take about 1--15 seconds. Once the recording is finished the pads will be removed and you will be able to get dressed.

EXERCISE TEST:  (duration 30 -45 minutes)
Continue to take your tablets unless advised otherwise by the doctor
This test is very similar to an ECG, but differs in that the heart recording is taken whilst you are walking on a treadmill.
You will be asked to remove your clothing from your top half so that ten sticky pads (electrodes) can be stuck on your chest. Female patients should wear a loose skirt or trousers but not a dress (a modesty top will be provided for the test). A pair of flat, comfortable shoes should be worn.
The exercise programme will start off gently so that you can become accustomed to the machine. Then in stages we will make the test harder so you do more exercise. The test can be stopped at any time. You are not required to complete a specified amount of exercise. This is not a test of your general fitness.
Once you have stopped exercising we will continue to monitor your heart for at least another five minutes.
Due to space constraints you cannot be accompanied into the testing room.
When and where to get results of any tests: On the clinic day an electrocardiogram and an exercise tolerance test may be carried out. The results will be available during the same clinic visit. Further tests may be carried out at a later date. You will then discuss the results of the tests with the clinician and, if necessary, may be referred for further investigations. A management plan will be agreed. Some patients may be seen again in a follow up clinic.

There are a variety of British Heart Foundation patient information leaflets available if required.