Cardiologist for over 20 YearsDr Allan Harkness

My practice covers the whole spectrum of adult cardiology including chest pain, breathlessness, heart failure, high blood pressure, cholesterol, murmurs, blackouts and palpitations. I trained as a Cardiologist and Physician in Glasgow and London, including such leading centres as The Heart Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital.

As a Consultant accredited in both Cardiology and General Medicine, I offer a more holistic review when considering problems that may be related to your heart.

Patient safety is my top priority and I continually look to improve my practice and the standards of care of my team. This is reflected in my patient feedback.

Leading Services Across Essex and Suffolk

I have played a leading role in the development of Cardiac Services across Essex and Suffolk. I have been a Consultant Cardiologist at Colchester Hospital since 2006 and at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre since it opened in 2007.  More recently, I was heavily involved in the Clinical Reference Group for Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals, leading to the decision to merge the Trusts in July 2018.

In 2010, I became the Clinical Lead for Cardiology at Colchester Hospital. In this role, I have developed Colchester’s cardiac services extensively, leading on valve clinics, heart failure services, MRI compatible pacemakers, stress echo, transoesophageal echo, 3D echo and CT coronary angiography.

Subsequently, I was appointed Divisional Director for Medicine and Acute Care for Colchester Hospital in 2017. Following the merger, I will continue this role across both sites in the new East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust.

Through mentorship of GPs and nurses, I have developed close links with primary care. Also, as chief Cardiologist working with our Clinical Commissioning Group, I helped develop new cardiology services, leading to our outstanding local Community Heart Failure Service.

I am a principal member of the Education Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography, lecturing at national training programmes and leading on the development of several national guidelines. I wrote the BSE Android App EchoCalc – the top app for cardiac physiologists worldwide.

Arranging a Consultation

I see patient from across Essex and Suffolk. My private practice is at:

To arrange a consultation with me, contact my private practice secretary, Claire Osborne, at the Oaks – see contacts.