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.
Catherine Meilak
Meilak, Dr Catherine
Job title
Perioperative Care of Older People undergoing Surgery (POPS) Consultant
Geriatric medicine, Perioperative medicine
Special interests
Shared decision making, preoperative optimisation, delirium and dementia
Education and career history
BSc: First class honours in the field of Biomolecular Science with basic medical Science. London. 2002 
MBBS: Distinction in Special Studies, Medical Studies and Clinical Sciences. London. 2005 
MRCP: 2008 
MSc: Gerontology (Distance Learning, University of Southampton, passed with distinction). 2014 
During her registrar training, Catherine became very interested in the field of perioperative medicine. She developed a perioperative service at Darent Valley Hospital along with a colleague and the support of the POPS service at Guys and St Thomas’ hospital in her final year of training. The service helped to improve length of stay and readmission rates in emergency general surgical patients and the results of this have been presented nationally. She initiated the POPS service at the Kent and Canterbury site in September 2019. The service currently serves emergency urology and both elective and emergency vascular admissions. The service sets out to improve the experience and outcomes for older and medically complex patients and provides education and support to the whole multidisciplinary team. 
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