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.
Image of Kumar K Rudra
Rudra, Dr Kumar K
Job title
Consultant Physician and Geriatrician
Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine
Special interests
Falls, Syncope, Orthogeriatrics & Heart Failure
Education and career history
MBBS, PgD Gerontology (King's College London), FRCP (London). After qualifying from North Bengal Medical College in Darjeeling, India, Dr Rudra continued his training in Cardiology for several years in Teaching Hospitals both in India & in the UK. After working with and gaining valuable experience from pioneering electrophysiologists and interventionists, he took up a career in Geriatrics and General Medicine as he had a variety of interests in other fields of Medicine   
as well. He completed his training as a Registrar in Geriatrics & General Internal Medicine in the London & South East Thames rotation and received his dual accredition in 2006 when he was appointed Consultant in HCOOP based in QEQM Hospital. 
His primary role as a Geriatrician is in the field of Orthogeriatrics, Falls & Syncope, Tilt Table Tests and Heart Failure in the Elderly. He is also very actively involved in teaching both in QEQM Hospital and Trust-wide, in addition to his role as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology for the University of Greenwich. He has also been appointed in the post of Honorary Senior Lecturer (Teaching) by King's College London since  February 2010. He is significantly involved in both junior doctor teaching and training as well as year 5 undergraduate teaching.
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, Margate 
- Falls & Syncope clinic in the Friends Day Hospital. 
- General Geriatric Medicine clinic held in the Walmer.   
Suite A 
- Tilt Table Tests are done in the Friends Day Hospital 
- Elderly Heart Failure clinic (4th Friday of the month) held in the the Walmer Suite A
Contact details
Secretary - Mrs Lorna Mountain: 01843 22 55 44 on Ext: 62196 e-mail: Lorna.Mountain@ekht.nhs.uk

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