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.
Mr Robert Insall
Insall, Dr Robert
Job title
Consultant general and vascular surgeon
Special interests
- General paediatric surgery, laparoscopic cholecystectomy 
- Injection sclerotherapy and surgery in varicose vein disease 
- Treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) 
- Surgery for stroke prevention (carotid endarterectomy) 
- Treatment of aneurysms and reduced circulation to limbs 
- Provision of dialysis access for kidney patients 
- Treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome
Education and career history
MB, BS 1982 St Thomas’ Hospital, London 
BSc 1976 St Tho’s 
PhD 1979 London 
FRCS (London) 1986 
MD Newcastle 1992 
Royal Colleges or Professional Associations 
- Royal College of Surgeons (London) 
- Association of Surgeon’s GB&I 
- Royal Society of Medicine 
- Vascular Society GB&I 
- European Vascular Society 
- International Vascular Society
Kent and Canterbury Hospital

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