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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 am an Instructor working in Thailand 2 months ago I seemed what I thought was a chest infection I went to the doctors and he gave me medication ...
I am 55 years old quite fit weight 82kg 6ft tall never smoked and drink maybe one beer a night

Question - Hi my fiance and i are due to go to Kenya on honeymoon in September. When she was younger she collapsed her lung by cracking a rib. She is now 35 ...

Question - I have just read your piece on scuba diving diabetic, i am a 48 year old diabetic type 2 and would like to dive, i have started to do the pape ...

Question - I am a 29 year old lady who has a shark dive booked in this country for end of June, unfortunately I am booked in for a small op under general ana ...

Question - how to prevent getting water in the ears
Would it be ok if i use an ear plugg while diving? I am fedup with getting water in my middle ear and then wait 2 weeks for it to get better.

Question - Hi, I had an orbital floor fracture repaired on 31/05/2011, I just wanted to check, is it safe for me to start snorkeling and spearfishing, and al ...

Question - Can I dive if I have server fatty liver I am male 51 thank you firefox

Question - hi doctor i once had an attac of svt(2007)i take one 15mg of flecanide a day i have cut out all caffine including chocolate stop smoking since las ...

Question - hi doc. i have just been diagnosed with type2 diabetes can you still dive.

Question - How do i as a doc get training+qualified to do recreational and/or diving medicals?

Question - Hi Dr, I had a spontanious pneumothorax (SP) 16 years ago. This was followed by a second SP on the same lung one month later. After the second I u ...

Question - Hello, I plan to take commercial diver course in near future. I have a few health issues though and I would really appreciate if you could give s ...

Question - Hi, I'm 56 years old & I've been diving 36 years & have just been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia. My doctor has just prescribed Doxaz ...

Question - I am 67 years old and am on finasteride for an enlarged prostrate and I had a cystocopy including a minor cathertisation 6 months ago but am not ...

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 ...
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