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I am a Consultant Cardiologist based in Colchester and I see patients from across Essex and Suffolk. My private practice is at The Oaks, Colchester and the Nash Basildon Private Unit at The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, Basildon.
My practice covers the whole spectrum of adult cardiology including chest pain, breathlessness, heart failure, high blood pressure, murmurs, blackouts and palpitations. My comprehensive training in Glasgow and London resulted in accreditation in both Cardiology and General Medicine. I can therefore offer a more holistic review when considering problems relating to your heart.
I have been a Consultant Cardiologist at Colchester Hospital since 2006 and at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre since it opened in 2007.
In April 2010, I became the Clinical Lead for Cardiology at Colchester Hospital. I have led the introduction of many advances in cardiology services, including valve clinics, heart failure services, MRI compatible pacemakers, stress echo, transoesophageal echo, 3D echo and CT coronary angiography. I am accredited in echocardiography with the British Society of Echocardiography and in CT Angiography with the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging.
In 2016, I forged new links between Colchester and Ipswich Hospital's cardiac services and provide specialist cardiac imaging for Ipswich Hospital. In May 2017, I became Clinical Director for Specialist Medicine at Colchester Hospital and then in October I became the Divisional Director for Medicine and Acute Care. I am passionate about improving patient safety and constantly look to improve both my practice and the standards of care where I work. This is reflected in my patient feedback. I am an active member of the education committee of the British Society of Echocardiography, contributing to guideline development, training programmes and mobile apps.
Areas of interest
Chest pain; Heart Murmurs; Blackouts (syncope); High blood pressure; Heart failure; Angina; Palpitations;Coronary Angiography (radial and femoral); Cardiac imaging; CT Angiography and Calcium Scoring; Pacemakers; Echocardiography (transthoracic, transoesophageal, stress and 3D)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Divisional Director for Medicine and Acute Care
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
Nether Mayne, Basildon
Honorary Consultant Cardiologist
The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Mobile app development: EchoCalc
Level 8 Clinical Excellence Award
Diagnosis and assessment of dilated cardiomyopathy: a guideline protocol from the British Society of Echocardiography
Thomas Mathew, Lynne Williams, Govardhan Navaratnam, Bushra Rana, Richard Wheeler, Katherine Collins, Allan Harkness, Richard Jones, Dan Knight, Kevin O’Gallagher, David Oxborough, Liam Ring, Julie Sandoval, Martin Stout, Vishal Sharma, Richard P Steeds, and on behalf of the British Society of Echocardiography Education Committee
Echo Res Pract June 2017 4:G1-G13; doi:10.1530/ERP-16-0037
A safety checklist for transoesophageal echocardiography from the British Society of Echocardiography and the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists.
Sharma V, Alderton S, McNamara H, Steeds R, Bradlow W, Chenzbraun A, Oxborough D, Mathew T, Jones R, Wheeler R, Sandoval J, Lloyd G, O’Gallagher K, Knight D, Ring L, Collins K, O’Keeffe N, Fletcher N, Harkness A, Rana B
Echo Res Pract. 2015 Dec 1;2(4):G25-7. doi: 10.1530/ERP-15-0035. Epub 2015 Nov 30
Direct access echocardiography to a district general hospital: are patients being screened appropriately?
Burton M, Jen S, Harkness A.
Clin Med (Lond). 2015 Jun 1;15 Suppl 3:s12. doi: 10.7861/clinmedicine.15-3-s12. Epub 2015 May 29
Impact of methodology and the use of allometric scaling on the echocardiographic assessment of the aortic root and arch: a study by the Research and Audit Sub-Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography
David Oxborough, Saqib Ghani, Allan Harkness, Guy Lloyd, William Moody, Liam Ring, Julie Sandoval, Roxy Senior, Nabeel Sheikh, Martin Stout, Victor Utomi, James Willis, Abbas Zaidi, and Richard Steeds
Echo Res Pract September 2014 1:1-9; doi:10.1530/ERP-14-0004
Assessment of Restrictive Cardiomyopathy
From the British Society of Echocardiography Education Committee: Lead Authors: Dr Daniel Knight, Dr. K. Patel, Dr. C. Whelan. Education Committee: Dr Rick Steeds (Chair), Dr Allan Harkness, Dr Richard Jones, Dr Prathap Kanagala, Dr Guy Lloyd, Dr Thomas Mathew, Dr Kevin O’Gallagher, Dr David Oxborough, Dr Bushra Rana, Dr Liam Ring, Julie Sandoval, Gill Wharton, Dr Richard Wheeler
Available at BSE website.
Online appointment booking to rapid access chest pain clinic
Findlay I I, Sommerville J, MacIntyre P, Harkness A, Cunningham D, Goldberg B
BMJ. 2000 May 6;320(7244):1256
Biochemical detection of systolic dysfunction.
McDonagh TA, Harkness A, Dargie HJ, on behalf of the other authors.
Courses offered to GPs
Diagnosis and management of angina, atrial fibrillation,heart failure, valve disease
Role of Cardiac Imaging
- MB ChB Glasgow University 1994
- MSc in Healthcare Leadership Birmingham University 2017
- Level 2 CT Coronary Angiography The British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging 2010
- Accreditation in Transthoracic Echocardiography British Society of Echocardiography 2013
- Accreditation in Transoesophageal Echocardiography British Society of Echocardiography 2017
Reference number 4093574
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- FRCP (London) Royal College of Physicians of London 2009
- FRCP (Glasgow) Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow 2011
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiology & General internal medicine , 2006
Affiliations / memberships
The British Cardiovascular Society
The European Society of Cardiology
The British Society for Heart Failure (Founder member)
The British Heart Valve Society
The British Society of Echocardiography
The American Society of Echocardiography
The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
The British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging
The Society of Cardiovascular Computer Tomography
- Oaks Hospital 120 Mile End Road COLCHESTER...
- 15:00 - 21:00
- 01206 753248
- Oaks Hospital120 Mile End RoadCOLCHESTERCO4 5XR
- 15:00 - 17:00
- 01206 753248
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Please phone The Oaks Hospital switchboard (01206 752121) who can put you in touch with me.