There is an indication that South Asian people in the UK experience greater delays than white British populations in obtaining appropriate treatment and intervention despite experiencing higher levels of coronary heart disease (Chaturvedi et al, 1997). Evidence suggests that access to and uptake of UK cardiac rehabilitation services is disproportionately low in South Asian populations (NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, 1998). This article examines the results of an audit of cardiac rehabilitation among cardiac patients of South Asian origin who were admitted to a large city teaching hospital in Sheffield. The results are discussed in the light of current concerns about the adequacy of communication with non-English speaking NHS patients. The implications for access to services and clinical practice are considered.