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.
Prathibha, Dr Bandipalyam
Job title
Respiratory Consultant
Special interests
Sleep disorders, Domicilary Ventilation for Respiratory failure and Cystic Fibrosis
Education and career history
After obtaining a Fellowship in Sleep Medicine, from Stanford Sleep Disorders Centre, California, she was appointed as a Consultant in 1999, initially working in Wales before moving to East Kent NHS Trust in 2003. 
She has an active interest in Medical education and is the Clinical Tutor at the William Harvey Hospital, a post that she has held since joining the trust. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring good organisation and delivery of training to the Post-graduate doctors. 
In addition she is the Firm Head for the Cardio-Respiratory- ENT block for the third year medical students from Kings College, London, during their attachment to the hospital and as such is involved in both organisation and delivery of undergraduate teaching and training. 
She has recently been appointed as Honarary Senior Lecturer by the Kings College, London. 
She has presented and published widely in fields of both Respiratory Medicine and Education. 
Respiratory clinics at: 
William Harvey Hospital, Ashford and Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone
Contact details
Secretaries Linda Mold: 01233 616266 and Suzanne Hearn: 01233 616266

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