Dr Allan Harkness: Cardiology , General (internal) medicine

Dr Allan Harkness

Cardiology, General (internal) medicine


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About me

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)

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Procedures completed

  • K6513

    Adult cardiac catheterisation - radial access (including coronary arteriography/catheterisation of right/left side of heart/contrast radiology) - (5-50)

  • 64302

    Transoesophageal echocardiography (including reporting) (as sole procedure) - (1-5)

  • X5020

    External cardioversion - (1-5)

  • K5020

    Coronary angiography proceeding to angioplasty on the same day, +/- insertion of stent - femoral or brachial access - (1-5)

  • 20110

    ECG (including reporting) - (1-5)

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