Dr Allan Harkness

Dr Allan Harkness

Dr Allan Harkness is a Consultant Cardiologist who specialises in coronary artery disease, heart failure and valve disease through advanced cardiac imaging with CT and echocardiography in Essex

Based At
NHS base
Colchester Hospital (ESNEFT) Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (MSE)
GMC Number
4093574
Clinic Timetable
Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Wednesday evening
Clinical interests
Dr Harkness's practice covers the whole spectrum of adult cardiology including chest pain, breathlessness, heart failure, high blood pressure, murmurs, blackouts and palpitations. His comprehensive training in Glasgow and London resulted in accreditation in both Cardiology and General Medicine. He can therefore offer a more holistic review when considering problems relating to your heart. 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. He 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. He is accredited in echocardiography (transthoracic and transoesophageal) with the British Society of Echocardiography and in CT Angiography with the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging. In 2017, Dr Harkness became the Divisional Director for Medicine and Emergency Care at Colchester Hospital. He continued in this role for two three-year terms of office, covering the merger with Ipswich Hospital and the Pandemic. In 2023, he was appointed Deputy Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety. These lead roles have given him the perspective to continually improve both his practice and the standards of care where he works. This is reflected in his patient feedback.
Professional Memberships
Dr Harkness is a founder member of The British Society for Heart Failure. He also holds membership of the British Cardiovascular Society, British Heart Valve Society, British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging, European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and American Society of Echocardiography. He is honoured to be a Fellow of both The Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 2019, in recognition of his contribution to education, research, leadership, volunteering and national reputation, he was awarded Fellowship of the British Society of Echocardiography. In 2021, in recognition of his service and contribution to the advancement of echocardiography, the society presented him with their 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Academic Background
Dr Harkness is an active member of the Education Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography, contributing to guideline development and training programmes. Over the last ten years, he has co-authored over a dozen national guidelines on echocardiography.

Based at

NHS base

Colchester Hospital (ESNEFT) Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (MSE)

GMC Number

4093574

Clinic Timetable

Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Wednesday evening

Clinical interests

Dr Harkness's practice covers the whole spectrum of adult cardiology including chest pain, breathlessness, heart failure, high blood pressure, murmurs, blackouts and palpitations. His comprehensive training in Glasgow and London resulted in accreditation in both Cardiology and General Medicine. He can therefore offer a more holistic review when considering problems relating to your heart. 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. He 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. He is accredited in echocardiography (transthoracic and transoesophageal) with the British Society of Echocardiography and in CT Angiography with the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging. In 2017, Dr Harkness became the Divisional Director for Medicine and Emergency Care at Colchester Hospital. He continued in this role for two three-year terms of office, covering the merger with Ipswich Hospital and the Pandemic. In 2023, he was appointed Deputy Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety. These lead roles have given him the perspective to continually improve both his practice and the standards of care where he works. This is reflected in his patient feedback.

Professional Memberships

Dr Harkness is a founder member of The British Society for Heart Failure. He also holds membership of the British Cardiovascular Society, British Heart Valve Society, British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging, European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and American Society of Echocardiography. He is honoured to be a Fellow of both The Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 2019, in recognition of his contribution to education, research, leadership, volunteering and national reputation, he was awarded Fellowship of the British Society of Echocardiography. In 2021, in recognition of his service and contribution to the advancement of echocardiography, the society presented him with their 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Academic Background

Dr Harkness is an active member of the Education Committee of the British Society of Echocardiography, contributing to guideline development and training programmes. Over the last ten years, he has co-authored over a dozen national guidelines on echocardiography.
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