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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 - 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?

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 ...

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.

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 ...

Question - can a HSE Diving Doctor refuse to do a HSE?

Question - hi have been diving off and on now for 5 years and right from the time i became a.o.w diving to 20 meters or more. i always end the dive with a sm ...

Question - hi its me again with a strange problem i had after diving at stoney cove i did 3 dives in total first was to 16 m (average)for 30 mins then a 2hr ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Question - Any idea where the closest Diving doc is to cornwall?many thanks

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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