- Bupa Platinum consultant
- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Open Referral network
- Cardiac CT/MRI
- General cardiology
- Video and telephone consultations
I am a Consultant Cardiologist based in Colchester. I see patients from across Essex and Suffolk. My clinic is at The Oaks Hospital in Colchester.
My practice covers the whole spectrum of adult cardiology including chest pain, breathlessness, heart failure, high blood pressure, murmurs, blackouts and palpitations. My comprehensive training in Glasgow and London resulted in accreditation in both Cardiology and General Medicine. I can therefore offer a more holistic review when considering problems relating to your heart.
I have been a Consultant Cardiologist at Colchester Hospital since 2006 and at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre since it opened in 2007.
In April 2010, I became the Clinical Lead for Cardiology at Colchester Hospital. I have led the introduction of many advances in cardiology services, including valve clinics, heart failure services, MRI compatible pacemakers, implantable loop recorders, stress echo, transoesophageal echo, 3D echo and CT coronary angiography. I am accredited in echocardiography (transthoracic and transoesophageal) with the British Society of Echocardiography and in CT Angiography with the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging.
In October 2017, I became the Divisional Director for Medicine and Emergency Care at Colchester Hospital. I continued in this role for two three-year terms of office, covering the merger with Ipswich Hospital and the Pandemic. In October 2023, I was appointed Deputy Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety.
These lead roles have given me the perspective to continually look to improve both my practice and the standards of care where I work. I believe this is reflected in my patient feedback.
I am an active member of the Education Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography, contributing to guideline development and training programmes. In 2019, in recognition of my contribution to education, research, leadership, volunteering and national reputation, I was awarded Fellowship of the British Society of Echocardiography. In October 2021, I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society in recognition of my committee work and app development.
Areas of interest
Chest pain; Heart Murmurs; Blackouts (syncope); High blood pressure (hypertension); Heart failure; Angina; Palpitations; Coronary Angiography (radial and femoral); Cardiac imaging; CT Angiography and Calcium Scoring; Pacemakers; Echocardiography (transthoracic, transoesophageal, stress and 3D)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Cardiologist & Deputy Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety
East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation NHS Trust
Honorary Consultant Cardiologist
The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
Mobile app development: EchoCalc
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of London
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Fellow of the British Society of Echocardiography
Level 8 Clinical Excellence Award
Lifetime Achievement Award, British Society of Echocardiography
British Society of Echocardiography guideline for the transthoracic echocardiographic assessment of cardiac amyloidosis. Echo Res Pract 2023 Aug
Transthoracic Echocardiographic Assessment of the Heart in Pregnancy—a position statement on behalf of the British Society of Echocardiography and the United Kingdom Maternal Cardiology Society. Echo Res Pract 2023 Apr
The assessment of mitral valve disease: a guideline from the British Society of Echocardiography. Echo Res Pract 2021 Sep
BSE and BCOS guideline for transthoracic echocardiographic assessment of adult cancer patients receiving anthracyclines and/or trastuzumab. J Am Coll Cardiol CardioOnc, 3 (2021), pp. 1-16
Echocardiographic assessment of aortic stenosis: a practical guideline from the British Society of Echocardiography. Echo Res Pract 2021 Mar
Transthoracic echocardiography of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in adults: a practical guideline from the British Society of Echocardiography. Echo Res Pract 2021 Mar
Echocardiographic assessment of the tricuspid and pulmonary valves: a practical guideline from the British Society of Echocardiography. Echo Res Pract 2020 Dec
A practical guideline for performing a comprehensive transthoracic echocardiogram in adults: the British Society of Echocardiography minimum dataset. Echo Res Pract 2020 Dec
Echocardiographic assessment of the right heart in adults: a practical guideline from the British Society of Echocardiography. Echo Res Pract 2020 Feb
Normal reference intervals for cardiac dimensions and function for use in echocardiographic practice: a guideline from the British Society of Echocardiography. Echo Res Pract 2020 Feb
Echocardiographic assessment of pulmonary hypertension: a guideline protocol from the British Society of Echocardiography. Echo Res Pract 2018 Sep
A guideline update for the practice of echocardiography in the cardiac screening of sports participants: a joint policy statement from the British Society of Echocardiography and Cardiac Risk in the Young. Echo Res Pract 2018 Mar
Diagnosis and assessment of dilated cardiomyopathy: a guideline protocol from the British Society of Echocardiography. Echo Res Pract 2014 Jun
A safety checklist for transoesophageal echocardiography from the British Society of Echocardiography and the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists. Echo Res Pract. 2015 Dec
Courses offered to GPs
Diagnosis and management of angina, atrial fibrillation,heart failure, valve disease, palpitations and syncope.
Role of Cardiac Imaging
Patient feedback from NHS Clinic survey:
Wanted to try all possibilities to improve my health after conferring with me
Very happy with my visit
I was very happy with all the care I got today from everyone.
Very happy with Dr Harkness.
He has been excellent from the beginning of my treatment
I have seen this doctor on three occasions and each time he has talked to me clearly about treatment and explained everything that has/is happening.
I am grateful for his time and trouble
Very polite and informative
Very polite, explained everything very well
He made me feel at ease, most helpful
Very helpful and considerate
- MSc in Healthcare Leadership Birmingham University 2017
- MB ChB Glasgow University 1994
- Accreditation in Transoesophageal Echocardiography British Society of Echocardiography 2017
- Accreditation in Transthoracic Echocardiography British Society of Echocardiography 2013
- Level 2 CT Coronary Angiography The British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging 2010
Reference number 4093574
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- FRCP (London) Royal College of Physicians of London 2009
- FBSE British Society of Echocardiography 2019
- FRCP (Glasgow) Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow 2011
Details of entry to specialist register
- Cardiology & General internal medicine , 2006
Affiliations / memberships
The British Cardiovascular Society
The European Society of Cardiology
The British Society for Heart Failure (Founder member)
The British Heart Valve Society
The British Society of Echocardiography
The American Society of Echocardiography
The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging
The British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging
- Oaks Hospital 120 Mile End Road COLCHESTER...
- 17:30 - 20:30
- 07384 460730
- Oaks Hospital120 Mile End RoadCOLCHESTERCO4 5XR
- 17:30 - 20:30
- 07384 460730
Post treatment communication
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Please phone The Oaks Hospital switchboard (01206 752121) who can put you in touch with me.
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
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