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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 - I had two lung operations as a teenager because of collapsed lung( spontaneous pnemophorax). Since this time, I am now 56, have remained very heal ...

Question - Hi We have just returned from the Maldives. Two weeks ago I lightly touched a piece of Green hard Coral and was left with a small graze on my ...
I would be grateful if someone could get back to me ASAP as I feel this is not a question my GP could answer.

Question - Diving after Thrombosis...
Hello there, Basically, in summer 2003 my partner suffered a DVT and recovered. He became an instructor in late 2003. He last dived in February t ...

Question - i had a cystectomy 5 years age now aged 52 can i dive safely
i now wear a bag attached to my side to collect urine because i no longer have a blader,would diving cause any problems with the bag or associated ...

Question - I have a very mild form of epilepsy, I do not lose consciousness when I have my attacks, would this prevent me from taking up diving.

Question - Around 10 years ago my right ear was blocked and had to be syringed. Since then whenever I fly, my right ear takes a few days to unblock but this ...
please respond to my new email I have been unable to locate a profile on this site that will allow me to change my ema ...

Question - can you dive after sucessfull surgery for repair of pneumothorax??
when i was 18 i had some spontanious pneumothorax. this was sucessfully repaired with thoroscopic stappling of bullae and plural abrasion. after a ...

Question - Dr I had a cataract operation some 6 weeks ago. I know I can not dive for 3 months however does this include work in a pool as I am an instructor ...

Question - Sorry, didn't tick the 'read the terms' box before posting my question, so not sure if it got to you. My partner is 50 and is and epileptic. His ...

Question - Dear Dr Eden, I have wanted to learn to dive for a long time but I have never got around to it. I am ready now, however in the last few weeks I h ...

Question - Is it possible to have decompression symptoms 5 days after diving (back pain) are are they most probably not connected? dive profile :oxygen 21% ...

Question - My query follows on from MaryCBerry's. How do I find a 'dive doctor' in my area and obtain a 'suitability to dive medical assessment'?
Have been diabetic for past 34 years, controlled by insulin injections and diet. Never dived before, but am looking to learn this winter in Red S ...

Question - Shortness of breath /unable to breath after Laparotomy
I under went a Laparotomy in April this year and since then have suffered from shortness of breath on occassions ,I have dived several times down ...
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - Hi - About three years ago I suffered an episode of SVT (very fast heart rate 150bpm +) which required reversing in A&E. I had tests following thi ...
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
Question - I am a keen diver but have recently been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Am I still allowed to dive?
my email address is
16 October Monday, 8:12 AM
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