Dr Vinay Bhatia

Consultant Cardiologist
BSc (Hons.), MBBS, MRCP, PhD, FRCP

Practising at

Spire Alexandra Hospital

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Vinay Bhatia at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Hypertension
  • Trans-thoracic echocardiography
  • Diagnostic coronaryangiography
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Trans-oesophageal echocardiography
  • Electrocardiographic
  • Holter monitoring analysis.

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Professional profile

I grew up locally in Kent and attended the Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School I qualified in Medicine at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, London (1994). I formally trained in General Medicine & Cardiology (for 15 years in total) in London at Hospitals that included The Hammersmith Hospital (Imperial College); The Royal Brompton Hospital and Harefield Hospital. This training included 3 years in Basic Science Research at Imperial College, London for which I was awarded a PhD in 2005. I was appointed Consultant Cardiologist at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in 2009. I am based at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury. My expertise is in the field of cardiac imaging and specifically trans-thoracic and trans-oesophageal echocardiographic techniques and stress echocardiography (both with exercise and with pharmacological stress agents).

I am a Consultant Cardiologist which is a specially trained doctor dealing with health problems relating to your heart and circulation.

The tests that I perform and in which a provide an expert opinion include: Treadmill stress testing; trans-thoracic echocardiography; contrast enhanced echocardiography; diagnostic coronary angiography; trans-oesophageal echocardiography; electrocardiographic and Holter monitoring analysis.

I perform, supervise and review about 1000 trans-thoracic echocardiograms per year I perform, supervise and review over 500 stress echocardiograms per year I am the Consultant in charge and involved in the care of over 1000 patients in total per year.

Clinical Lead for Echocardiography at Tunbridge Wells Hospital: I am the professional clinical lead for this Service at Tunbridge Wells Hospital and The Spire Hospital. I am accredited by the British Society of Echocardiography for which I also serve as a training supervisor & examiner. Clinical Governance Lead for Specialist Medicine (Tunbridge Wells Hospital): Clinical governance is a systematic approach to maintaining and improving the quality of patient care within a health system (NHS).

At Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, I aim to provide a more bespoke clinical evaluation and investigation of patients presenting with possible cardiac related illness. I am proud to mainly practice in the NHS, but I am also well aware of the constraints on consultation times and waiting times for many tests & procedures. This is not always best suited for some patients who need more time for a doctor to listen to the various issues in their health, and greater in depth discussion and explanation about why and how we carry out cardiac investigations in order to provide either an explanation (diagnosis) for their symptoms or at very least reassurance and peace of mind. The set up at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital includes an efficient, responsive and flexible booking team and we take feed-back from our patients very seriously so as to constantly keep the service up to date and on the cutting edge of clinical excellence.

Clinical Interests

Adult Cardiology. General Cardiology Interests: First line investigations. of palpitations. Investigation of black-outs, collapse or fainting episodes. Non-invasive and invasive investigation of chest. discomfort and breathlessness. Investigation and treatment of heart failure and heart valve disease. Echocardiogram screening of inheritable heart diseases. Main Specialties. Coronary Artery Disease. Valvular Heart Disease. Atrial Fibrillation. Heart Failure. Hypertension. Palpitations. Coronary Angiography. Echocardiography. Stress Echocardiography. Trans-oesophageal Echocardiography. Expert interests: Echocardiographic imaging techniques (including TOE) in the diagnosis and management of ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, heart valve disease, palpitations, cryptogenic stroke and TIA.

Private contact details

Telephone 01892 741150
Private secretary Miss Rebecca Leggatt
Private secretary telephone 01892 741154
Private secretary fax 01892 740046
Private secretary email


May 2008
January 2007
August 2006

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Qualification and professional memberships

BSc (Hons) / University of London / 1991

MBBS / University of London / 1994
Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital

PhD / Imperial College (London) / 2005
Vascular Biology & Immunology

Professional memberships

British Society of Cardiovascular Medicine
BSE: British Society of Echocardiography.
ASE: American Society of Echocardiography.
Royal College of Physicians of London (Fellow)

Professional leadership

Clinical lead for Echocardiography at Tunbridge Wells Hospital
Clinical Governance lead for Specialist Medicine (Tunbridge Wells Hospital)

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Current NHS posts

Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury (Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust)

Kings College Hospital, London

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Personal Profile

Dr Vinay Kumar Bhatia is the specialist Consultant Cardiologist in Tunbridge Wells with professional accreditation and specialist experience in the technique of assessing heart function using the safest available technique of cardiac ultrasound (Echocardiography). In addition, Dr Bhatia is the specialist Consultant Cardiologist in Tunbridge Wells who offers the technique of stress echocardiography that allows us to assess how well your heart functions during exercising. This technique is proven to be better than the treadmill-based stress testing methods.

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