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.
Thomas, Dr George 
Job title
Consultant in Geriatrics and Stroke
I am dual accredited in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine.
Special interests
I am committed to providing timely and appropriate care to stroke survivors and TIA patients, in East Kent. I am part of a team in east Kent providing 24 hour thrombolysis as part of hyper acute stroke care and we also provide rapid access TIA clinics 365 days a year. Almost all of the high risk TIA patients are assessed within 24 hours of receiving the referral. 
I also look after patients with acute general medical problems who are admitted under my care. 
I am interested in investigating and treating challenging and often complex medical problems, which tends to happen more commonly in older people. My general medical out-patient waiting time is less that two weeks, and I am flexible enough to accommodate urgent cases within a few days. 
I have facility to arrange day case procedures like “top-up” transfusion in our aptly named Friend’s day hospital. 
I am interested in under graduate and post graduate teaching and am currently an undergraduate tutor for year 3 students from GKT School of Medicine. 
Education and career history
MBBS from Kottayam Medical School, Kerala, India 
I became a Member of Royal college of Physicians (MRCP, UK) in 1997, and was granted FRCP in 2009. 
I was awarded CCST (Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training) in Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine in 2003 (South-east Thames Deanery) 
In current post since Jan 2004 
Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital
Contact details
Telephone 01843 225544; ext 63092. Fax: 01843 234451. Rapid access TIA referrals to be faxed using appropriately filled forms (to avoid delays) to: 01843 234377

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