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November 2008 Br J Cardiol 2008;15:312-15

Standby coronary angiography in elective patients with chest pain and the 18-week target: one solution to a national problem?

Daniel B McKenzie, Nicholas G Turner, Vikram Khanna, Runa Rahmat, Nick Curzen

Abstract

Introduction The National Health Service (NHS) Improvement Plan stated that by 2008 no one would wait longer than 18 weeks from GP referral to hospital treatment.1 This is, therefore, currently a key area of focus for the Department of Health and a major challenge for hospital trusts that provide cardiac services. ‘Chest pain’ is the most common indication for out-patient referral to cardiology. The delay between referral and out-patient review has been successfully reduced in our institution and across the UK by the rapid-access chest pain clinics (RACPC), with 96% of referrals nationwide being seen within two weeks.2 In this centre, up

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