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Dr Harkness qualified in Glasgow in 1994. After 3 years of research in heart failure, he helped initiate the pilot heart failure liaison service in Glasgow. His specialist training was in London (University College London and the Royal Free Hospital). During this time, he worked with the British Heart Foundation to promote heart failure nurse services throughout the country.
He was appointed as Consultant Cardiologist in Colchester Hospital in 2006. He had dual accreditation in Cardiology and General Internal Medicine. His main specialist interest is in advanced echocardiography (stress echo, transthoracic and 3D transoesphageal). His expertise includes the management of angina, heart failure, hypertension, valvular heart disease and arrhythmias. He performs coronary angiography, permanent pacemaker implantation and complex echocardiography at Colchester Hospital and the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre in Basildon.
On appointment, he took the clinical lead in heart failure, echocardiography and hypertension. In April 2010, he became the lead cardiologist for Colchester Hospital. He has helped develop close links with primary care and mentors a GP with a special interest in cardiology.
In November 2010, he attained Level 2 accreditation in CT Angiography and has successfully introduced this service for patients in North East Essex.
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
Lead Consultant Cardiologist
The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
Nether Mayne, Basildon
Honorary Consultant Cardiologist
The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Mobile app development: EchoCalc
Level 6 Clinical Excellence Award
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
Stress cardiomyopathy (Takotsubo) following radioactive iodine therapy
Anastasia Dimakopoulou, Karunakaran Vithian, David Gannon and Allan Harkness
Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports, 8 2015, EDM150053
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 Echocardiograph
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
Mass in the left atrial appendage: a therapeutic dilemma
Natarajan A, Tan S, Patel HN, Chukwu C, Harkness A, Harris S.
Can J Cardiol. 2013 Oct;29(10):1329.e13-1329.e15. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2012.05.019. Epub 2012 Aug 17
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance in cardiac sarcoidosis with MR conditional pacemaker in situ
Quarta G, Holdright DR, Plant GT, Harkness A, Hausenloy D, Hyare H, Moon JC
J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2011 May 3;13:26. doi: 10.1186/1532-429X-13-26
Pedunculated left ventricular thrombus presenting with acute ischaemic limb
Chen Z, Robinson N, Harkness A.
Emerg Med J. 2008 Apr;25(4):216. doi: 10.1136/emj.2007.049585
Morphine for the relief of breathlessness in patients with chronic heart failure–a pilot study
Johnson MJ, McDonagh TA, Harkness A, McKay SE, Dargie HJ
Eur J Heart Fail. 2002 Dec;4(6):753-6
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
Courses offered to GPs
Diagnosis and management of angina, atrial fibrillation,heart failure, valve disease
Role of Cardiac Imaging
- MB ChB Glasgow University 1994
- Level 2 CT Angiography The British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging 2010
- Accreditation in Transthoracic Echocardiography British Society of Echocardiography 2013
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
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