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 Paul Stevens
Stevens, Dr Paul 
Job title
Medical Director, Consultant Nephrologist & Clinical Director RVIRU
Kidney medicine
Special interests
General nephrology, chronic kidney disease, acute kidney injury
Education and career history
Qualified in 1980 from The London Hospital Medical College. Trained in kidney medicine in the Royal Air Force and at Charing Cross Hospital, London. Appointed as Consultant Nephrologist in 1990 and subsequently took up the post of Clinical Director of Renal Medicine at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital in 1995. Chairman, South Thames MSTC in Nephrology, 1996-2002. Chairman, East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust Medical Staff Committee, 2000-2003. Chairman, DGH Nephrologists Society, 2001-2005. Ex-officio member Renal Association Executive, Member Kidney Alliance, Member College Specialty Committee for Renal Disease 2001-2005 & 2006-date. Royal College Physicians and the Royal College General Practitioners UK CKD guidelines group 2004-06. Clinical Advisor to NICE for the anaemia management in chronic kidney disease and chronic kidney disease guidelines, 2004-2008. Member, Department of Health renal pathology advisory group (October 2005 to date). President, British Renal Society, 2006-2009. Member, Department of Health Renal Advisory Group 2008-date. Co-Chair, Kidney disease Improving Global Outcomes Chronic Kidney Disease Guideline 2009-date
Based at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital with joint responsibility for the William Harvey Renal Satellite unit. Clinics in Canterbury, Folkestone and Ashford.
Contact details

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