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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 - 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Question - I qualified as an open water diver last year but since I have been diagnosed with asthma. I am currently on inhaled steroids specifically seretid ...

Question - I am a 25 year old female, I an PADI AOW qualified and have been diving for over 3 years, I have been diagnosed with a Mature Pulmonary Infarct an ...
Current syptoms are antirior wall chest pain and sharp pain when brathing in, no shortness of breath or heamoptysis, sats 98% pulse 84reg HS norma ...

Question - Diving after a CRVO
About 18 months ago I suffered a CRVO in my left eye. I am healthy and fit 40 year old and despite numerous tests the doctors have not been able t ...

Question - Hi i am a 44 year old male currently holding the padi scuba diver qualification, and would love to advance to open water.After having blood pressu ...

Question - My wife is booked to come diving with me in Barbados and we have happily just discovered she is pregnant. I know there are mosquitos and other bit ...

Question - HSE Diver medical. I need one todo my PADI Instructor exam. Can anyone tell me the best place to get it? Money and quality wise? Thanks

Question - Best method of treatment for meniscus tear to be able to continue diving for years to come?
I've seen a doctor about my knee and they believe that i've possibly torn my meniscus. x-rays have been taken and I've been referred to specialist ...

Question - Return to diving after Spontaneous Pneumothorax?
Dr Firth, Having dived in perfect health for 11 years (stand fast one foolish bend due to dehydration), I suffered a non-diving related spontan ...

Question - Can a carrier with antitrypsin defeciency dive safle o is the depth restricted?
I have never dived this is for my daughter (12 yrs) who wishes to join diving club at local pool. Many thanks

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