Support the London Dive Chamber

This is an e-mail that we received from our friends at the London Dive Chamber who are potentially facing closure….


NHS England’s public consultations for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) opened recently – see and below for the specific policy on decompression illness:

They include a proposal to reduce the number of current chamber facilities from 10 to 8, with the closure of one London chamber and one in the South. The link to this consultation is here:

This proposal has many possibly detrimental ramifications, including:

  • increasing transport times for injured divers to an appropriate chamber, conceivably worsening their outcomes
  • a reduction in national capacity to treat multiple simultaneous incidents
  • deskilling of highly trained chamber staff, with implications for the quality of care they are able to provide
  • the loss of services such as medicals, training courses, dry dives, email and telephone advice
  • a reduction in the provision of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for non-diving conditions eg. diabetic foot ulcers, soft tissue radiation damage, carbon monoxide poisoning


If you have any feelings to express about the future of HBOT provision in England, then now is the time to make your opinions known. The consultation closes on February 14th, but please make any contributions as soon as you can, by going to this link:

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