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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 - can a HSE Diving Doctor refuse to do a HSE?
30 May Friday, 3:14 PM
Question - On my last dive my neck swelled up i felt no dizziness and was running about like an idiot.. Like i normally do.. on the second dive of the day du ...
30 May Friday, 3:10 PM
Question - i have epilepsy it is medicinally controlled and i havent had i fit in nearly 4 years, i have been to my local g.p and i keep getting conflicting ...
the medication is lamotrigine and i have 250mg daily other than that i am in good health.
22 April Tuesday, 2:21 PM
Question - I had a spinal bend in 2004 because of a pfo, which has since been closed. Now my hips are to be relined and my knees ache. is this bone necrosis ...
22 April Tuesday, 9:29 AM
Question - Hi my partner and I are travelling to Thailand to do the Open Water Padi Dive Course. Im very concerned about doing the course as I have always h ...
Further to this I have recently been diagnosed with Migraines - they arent very bad but could this affect my diving?
10 April Thursday, 3:02 PM
Question - i am due to have an op under GA for bilateral vein removal in my legs as they are too close to the surface for laser. I have been told I will be ...
9 April Wednesday, 4:10 PM
Question - I want to complete an EFR Instructor course but i've been told i need to complete the EFR CPR+First Aid course first, by our dive instructor.
I'm already a trained first aider with the Red Cross, which is renewed every 12-24 months as part of first aid cover my bike club supply to Nova f ...
9 April Wednesday, 4:01 PM
Question - Hi Doc. i gave up diving a year ago for various reasons. one of the last dives i did was a t stoney cove. i had been around the pit for around 30 ...
31 March Monday, 10:31 AM
Question - hi there, I have recently fractured my L-3 vertebrae in a horse riding accident and was wondering if this would affect my ability to learn to div ...
14 March Friday, 2:27 PM
Question - Dear Doctor Firth I ahve a friend who would like to learn to dive, he has mild OCD. He he is on anafranil - 25mg once a day. Would you advise f ...
14 March Friday, 1:19 PM
Question - is citalopram dangerous to take whilst on nitrox ive dived all year on it thank you
25 February Monday, 11:54 PM
Question - will i pass a hse medical if i take 60mg of citalpram as i dont want to pay out if its a no no thank you
currently learning divemaster
25 February Monday, 11:45 PM
Question - Good morning Dr Firth.. My question is:- My buddy has just had GROMMETTS inserted in his ears..Will this infect his diving??
24 February Sunday, 8:57 AM
Question - Hi Doctor firth, I live in the middle east, in Dubai - and am not aware of any dive specialist doctors in this region. I dived yesterday on ...
11 February Monday, 1:57 PM
Question - Hi, I was diagnosed with a rare form of Parsonage Turner Syndrome a year ago which caused a paralysed left diaphragm - will this affect diving?
The cause of the Parsonage Turner is not known but has been put down to a viral infection. I became very short of breath in November 2006 and fol ...
8 February Friday, 9:10 AM
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