Cardiac (heart) services

Images showing some of the cardiology services across East Kent Hospitals

At East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust we diagnose and treat a full range of heart disorders, including:

  • coronary artery disease

  • cardiac arrhythmias

  • cardiac failure

  • stable angina

  • heart attack

  • unstable angina

  • valvulvar heart disease

  • cardiomyopathies

  • syncope

  • black-outs.

We also insert pacemakers and implantable devices.

Procedures and tests we can offer

  • Trans-oesophageal echocardiogram - a procedure to assess the structure of the heart.

  • Cardioversion - a procedure to correct heart rhythms.

  • Angiography - used to diagnose the efficiency of the blood supply to the heart.

  • Angioplasty - a procedure to treat narrowing of the arteries surrounding the heart (currently available at William Harvey Hospital only).

Referral to our hospitals

Your GP can refer you to our heart centres and heart specialists if he or she is concerned you may have a problem with you heart.

Outpatient request for cardiac investigation

Request for echocardiogram

If you suspect you are experiencing a heart attack, please ACT. Call an ambulance - the quicker you get to hospital, the quicker we can treat you and the more effective your treatment will be.

Find out more about heart attacks and their treatment.

We have invested heavily in our heart services over recent years to bring you state-of-the-art facilities for heart procedures at the East Kent Cardiac Catheter Suite (William Harvey Hospital, Ashford) and the Heart Centre (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate).

Outpatient heart services

Outpatient services (services that do not require a stay in hospital, e.g. a consultation with your doctor or tests) are available at:

We provide an extensive cardiac rehabilitation programme for people who have suffered heart attacks or have had any surgery on the heart.
Dr Athmaja Thottungal
Thottungal, Dr Athmaja
Job title
Consultant - Pain management and Anaesthetics
Chronic Pain management and Anaesthetics
Special interests
1.Pain management- Pelvic pain, neuromodulation, ultrasound guided nerve blocks, pulsed radiofrequency and radiofrequency denervation and pain management programme. 
2.Anaesthetics- Ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia as sole anaesthetic technique or for acute pain management after surgery. Special interest in blocks for breast, upper limb and lower limb surgeries. 
3. Medical education 
Education and career history
- Anaesthetic specialist training- Kings- Guys and St Thomas rotation- 2004-2009 
- Chronic pain fellowship- Guys and St Thomas Hospital and St Heliers hospital-2009-2010 
- Regional anaesthesia fellowship and European diploma - Guys and St Thomas hospital-2009 
- Medical graduation- 1996 from India. 
- Consultant - Medway NHS Foundation Trust - 2010-2014 
- Consultant EKHUFT - since January 2014 . 
Kent and Canterbury based with sessions at WHH and QEQM.
Contact details
Pain Management - Heidi Hulks: 01843 234456 / 01227 783049. Anaesthetics: Dawn Martindale - 01227 783007

Information about our hospitals

Please click the links below for lots of information about visiting our hospitals (including travel and parking):

*Please note that the Cardiology unit at Kent and Canterbury Hospital has moved and is now opposite Ambulatory Care. Please ask a member of staff for directions.

East Kent Cardiac Catheter Suite (William Harvey Hospital)

  • Tel: 01233 616830

The Heart Centre (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital)

  • Tel: 01843 235042