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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 recently had my 2nd Kidney Transplant Operation on 23rd December 2005, how would you advice me if I can return to diving? My transplant surgeon ...

Question - My friend is looking to learn to dive. She is 23 now and when she was a child had a grommet put in her right ear. She did a try-dive without any ...

Question - hi - I am a Paddy Open Water diver with about 25 dives under my belt. The last few dives I did have been a nightmare - I get very dizzy spells und ...

Question - Hi I am a Paddy open water diver and have been diving for about 10years with about 70 dives to my name and at the age of 55 require a the 2ye ...

Question - Hi. I have light asthma which is brought on by hayfever type allergies (pollen, dogs, horses etc). Do I need to declare this asthma if I want to ...

Question - Hello! I'm a divemaster, and hopefully will be diving this easter. However, early december my GP diagnosed me with pluracy. I have since been on ...

Question - Jules, I am an advanced PADI qualified diver and have completed 50+ dives. In September last year I had a Caroitid Artery Dissection caused by ...

Question - I went diving in Lanzarote and while i was there i decied to do some diving 08/12/05. Since then i seem to have some water trapped in my middle ea ...

Question - Can you tell me what effect an allergic reaction could have on a diver underwater?
If you've already had my question, sorry, I just wondered if I completed this correctly as I hadn't had a reply. Back in July I went unconscious u ...

Question - Can you please explain the physiological and medical aspects of immersion/ the "Diving Reflex" and the respiratory physiology of SCUBA. Many thank ...

Question - I have a friend who suffered from asthma when she was young, but she now rarely experiences any relapse. She has taken part in diving on 2 occasio ...
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Question - Is it OK to dive on the same day as my flight back to the UK? Should I stick to a depth limit or not dive at all?
17 December Saturday, 7:23 PM
Question - Am I right in thinking that treatment for DCS is on the NHS or do some Chambers bill the diver afterwards?
17 December Saturday, 7:23 PM
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