Medical Forum
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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 you get a bend in the pool?
I'm part way through my open water and after the last pool sesion I've noticed a redness on my upper body thats also itchy. After looking on the ...
25 January Monday, 9:02 AM
Question - what are the dangers of diving with a perforated lung? what symptoms will be apparent if it is attempted? what are restrictions/limitations? what ...
18 January Monday, 5:42 PM
Question - Dear Dr. Flirth, I'm new in diving and did 8 dives within 18m depth. I feel congestion in my left ear after each dive and a pain after the 8th ...
6 January Wednesday, 5:04 AM
Question - Offshore medical
I have the hse diver medical and i'm doing my offshore survival shortly and I'm wondering do I need a seperate offshore medical before I can work ...
4 January Monday, 3:30 PM
Question - Dear Doctor Firth Would a reapired inguinal hernia that was treated at 6 months prevent me from taking a PADI Open Water Course? Would this be ...
19 November Thursday, 7:14 AM
Question - Hello. Can your GP sign your medical form for diving course, I am just starting but have some medical conditions which I feel my GP would have all ...
Have Polycystic kidneys, no current problems, kidney function and other tests OK, it is a hereditary disease in which some in my family show sympt ...
6 October Tuesday, 4:58 PM
Question - Hi Dr Firth, I have a small umbilical hernia that needs treatment at some point in the not too distant furture. How will that effect my diving. My ...
30 September Wednesday, 11:09 AM
Question - Hello i am an 18 year old male advanced open water diver going to thailand to do a divemaster course and then work in thailand as a divemaster. 4 ...
24 September Thursday, 2:42 PM
Question - Hi Dr Firth. Hope you will be able to tell me, if, and hopefully, when i'll be able to dive again. ...
I last dived a few months ago.After we had packed the gear away and were going for a brew i was "sqeulching" water out of my right ear with m y fi ...
17 September Thursday, 12:06 PM
Question - Joint Pain !!! Help to Diagnose.
Hi, I am a new diver looking for some advice please. I started diving in May in Turkey doing my PADI Open water. I came home with the bug an ...
17 September Thursday, 11:46 AM
Question - hi there, i recently returned from a diving trip only dived to 6m max and whilst under water i noticed that some water had entered my left ear. af ...
14 August Friday, 9:33 AM
Question - Hey i just returned from sharm el sheikh on wednesday morning where i had gone to do my padi upto and inc open water diver i had a "try dive" 2 ye ...
im a 33 yr old male slighly overweight and i smoke and i did have a huge blow to the ear in question about 6 months ago
10 August Monday, 9:26 AM
Question - Hi Dr Oliver, My wife and I would like to learn to dive and are wondering if we should have a medical before enrolling for a c ...
27 July Monday, 5:37 PM
Question - Doctor, regarding the question on the divers medical statement Do you "have a family history of heart attack or stroke"
I'm now 45, my father had a heart attack aged 60, caused by angina and brought on by stress; he survives to this day (70 now). My grandparents all ...
23 July Thursday, 10:54 AM
Question - Hi i am just wondering if there is any hse approved diving doctors in the rep. of ireland
22 July Wednesday, 4:35 PM
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