Dr Allan Harkness

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Dr Allan Harkness is a highly acclaimed consultant cardiologist, based in Essex and Suffolk, with a special interest in CT coronary angiography and advanced echocardiography. Dr Harkness works privately at the Oaks Hospital, Colchester and the Nash Basildon Private Unit at The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre.

After graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1994, Dr Harkness went on to complete further specialist training in London and Glasgow, gaining accreditation in both general medicine and cardiology. During his research into heart failure, he worked with the British Heart Foundation on a nurse-led community heart failure service which became the NICE-approved standard of care nationwide.  

Dr Harkness has been a consultant cardiologist at Colchester Hospital since 2006 and at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre since it opened in 2007. In 2010, he became the clinical lead for cardiology at Colchester Hospital, where he has extensively developed their cardiac services. Thereafter, he was appointed as Divisional Director for Medicine and Emergency Care for Colchester Hospital in 2017. He continued this role after the merger of Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals in the new East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust.  

Dr Harkness is a core member of the Education Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography and lectures for national training programs. He also developed the BSE android app EchoCalc, which is the number one app for cardiac physiologists worldwide. He is currently updating the UK national standards for echocardiography in heart failure and valve disease. For his contribution to education, research, leadership, volunteering and national reputation, we was awarded Fellow of the British Society of Echocardiography in October 2019.

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Dr harkness listened to my problem and had me admitted to hospital immediately. i had 2 stents fitted and i am very grateful to him for his accurate diagnosis.

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