Nurse Co-ordinated Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic The Belfast City Hospital Experience Str Helen Greene Clinical Nurse Specialist Coronary heart disease is the most common cause of death in the UK, with around one in five men and one in seven women dying from the disease. It is also the most common cause of premature death (<75yrs), accounting for 19% of men and 10% of women. Allender. S et al 2008 . Coronary heart disease statistics. British Heart Foundation, London Guidelines The Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic was initially set up as a response to the National Service Framework guidelines for Coronary Heart Disease (2000). As a means of improving the patients experience. ► The RACPC was first opened in 2002. ► To date Approximately 9000 patients have been seen. ► Average 1000 patients per year. Patients are referred from GPs. ► Presenting with symptoms suggestive of coronary artery disease (CAD) ♦ No previous history of CAD ♦ Previous history of CAD with worsening symptoms. The patient experience: ►Blood samples ►Clinical history ►Physical examination ►ECG, BP ►Exercise stress testing (EST) ►Results and management plan (inc meds) EST outcomes Positive Negative 13% 9% 78% Equivocal Coronary Angiography Outcomes PCI : Stent insertion CABG : Coronary artery bypass grafting CABG PCI MED Mx 6% 23% 20% Med Mx: Medical management NCA: Normal coronary arteries 51% NCA Satisfaction surveys: GP and Patient satisfaction surveys every 2 years. GP’s - 100% very satisfied with the service. Patients – 100% very satisfied. Conclusion: Key word is Rapid ►Rapid appointment allocation ►Patient results on the day ►Rapid referral for further investigation (therefore reducing waiting times) ►Commencement of medication by nurse prescriber ►GP results within 24 hours Questions?