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.
McGettigan, Dr H Christopher
Job title
Consultant Diabetes & Endocrinology
Consultant in General Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology
Special interests
Adolescent diabetes, diabetic foot, hypoglycaemia, renal disease. 
Pituitary, Thyroid, Hypertension, Hypogonadism, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. 
Obesity and the metabolic syndrome. 
I am an educational supervisor to trainee doctors and regularly supervise and teach medical students from Kings College London. 
Education and career history
Qualified from Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical Schools in 1994.Basic medical training in North-West Thames region and Guy’s hospital. 
The core of my specialist training in medicine and diabetes and endocrinology took place in London at University Hospital Lewisham, Guy’s, Kings and St. Georges’ Hospitals where I  also spent a year in the department of cardiovascular medicine and during that time developed my interest in the investigation and treatment of high blood pressure. 
Current ongoing research involves a novel and potentially more accurate method of estimating GFR using formula including fat free mass which may be important particularly at extremes of weight. 
I completed my higher specialist training in 2005 and was appointed as a Consultant Physician in Diabetes & Endocrinology at the QEQM Hospital, Margate in September 2005 which also includes a weekly session in Canterbury.
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate
Contact details
Secretary: 01843 225544 ext 725-5045

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