Oscar Pistorius. File picture: Siphiwe Sibeko

Pretoria - The Department of Correctional Services on Thursday confirmed that former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius had been taken from prison in Pretoria to Kalafong Hospital for a medical examination.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Pistorius suffered from chest pains, sparking fears of a possible heart attack.

The short statement did not specify the details of the medical examination and said Pistorius was expected back at the correctional facility later on Thursday.

Kalafong is the same hospital where Pistorius was treated last August after what was widely reported to be a suicide attempt. At the time correctional services officials said the Blade Runner had slit his wrists, but the Pistorius family closed ranks and vigorously denied this, saying instead that Oscar had slipped in his cell.

Late last year Pistorius, who is serving a six-year prison sentence for the 2013 Valentine's Day murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was moved from the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria to the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre, also in Pretoria, because it has better facilities for disabled people.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his Pretoria home on February 14, claiming that he mistook her for an intruder.

African News Agency and IOL