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All questions are answered by Dr Oliver Firth, one of the doctors at the London Diving Chamber. Dr Firth has had a wide variety of experience as a doctor in both the UK and Australia. He writes regularly for ‘Sport Diver’ Magazine and gives talk on hyperbaric medicine.

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Question - Malaria medication for West Papua/Irian Jaya. I have just e-mailed this to too so you really only need to answer me once! I am n ...
Norethisterone 5mg/daily I will be taking Norethisterone for the entire time I'm away (starting 3days before departure). My periods are irre ...
28 October Tuesday, 9:58 AM
Question - hi there, in february 2008 a small aneurysm 1-2mm (a carotico-ophthalmic one) in my brain was detected during a cerebral angiogram which was done ...
7 October Tuesday, 3:37 PM
Question - I recently had a heart attack I have been stated as fit to dive by the consultant. He said i should take Viazem instead of Bisoprolol, I have retu ...
I also take ramipril, simvastatin, clopidogrel and aspirin. Would it be possible to have a search on the forum so you could find related questions ...
30 September Tuesday, 2:09 PM
Question - hi doc can you explain what is required by HSE in regards to "expert assessment and possibly further investigations " of a diver candidate with ...
24 September Wednesday, 2:20 PM
Question - October 2007 I completed a series of 10 dives whilst on holiday. Dive #9 was a deep dive to a wreck at 145 feet. This was the deepest dive I have ...
22 September Monday, 3:30 PM
Question - Hi doc..... my girlfriend has a deviated septum (which didnt affect diving) and is soon having the operation to shave the inside of her nose to ma ...
27 August Wednesday, 10:57 AM
Question - hi doc,i am just about to be medically discharged from the army were i served as a royal engineer as a result of a broken arm i was classed as a d ...
26 August Tuesday, 4:28 PM
Question - Hi Doc, in 1992 i was diagnosed with polycythemia, too many red blood cells, im 50 now. I Have located a dive doctor in liverpool who I plan on s ...
4 August Monday, 12:04 PM
Question - i am going on holiday to turkey in september and i need to get a dive medical done i am living in crawley west sussex and would like to have a me ...
23 July Wednesday, 5:47 PM
Question - Hi Doc, I had an operation last year on my nose to widen my passageways because I had alot of problems breathing through it. Would this operation ...
23 July Wednesday, 4:39 PM
Question - Any idea where the closest Diving doc is to cornwall?many thanks
16 July Wednesday, 5:23 PM
Question - Evening Doc i have just recently come back from egypt and had partaken in some beginners diving and my ears wouldn't pop! But i am so interest ...
11 July Friday, 3:48 PM
Question - Hi doc, Just a quick question. I'm thinking of becomeing a commercial diver, and was just wondering what is involved in the medical I.E What tests ...
30 June Monday, 12:28 PM
Question - Our son aged 13 has supra -ventricular tachycardia and occasionally has episodes of extreme rapid heartbeat which are sometimes controlled by putt ...
A few years ago he completed a short PADI beginners course and wants to go on to do his open water course. This was before we had fully understoo ...
22 June Sunday, 12:23 PM
Question - Hey. I went on my first dive holiday back in Nov, after doing all the open water training. The deepest i went was 18m and that was the first tim ...
16 June Monday, 12:58 PM
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