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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 Doc. I need glasses for reading. I though it would be helpful to have some type of lens fitted in my mask. Tried the magnifiers - ok but lost t ...
25 April Sunday, 4:03 AM
Question - I have been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat following an ECG. I am to meet with my GP next week. Warfarin has been mentioned, but I understa ...
I have been experiencing occasional dizzy spells. and palpations 2 or 3 times a month over the past 18 months. I have continued to dive regularly ...
27 March Saturday, 5:54 PM
Question - i had a PFO closed 3 years ago but recently was stopped from diving in the maldives because the hypabaric dive doctors on bando island said i shou ...
had mild skin bend in 2003,PFO closure through Dr Wilmshurst in april 2004. they eventually conceded after 3 days of argueing and looking up the g ...
27 March Saturday, 4:00 PM
Question - Yikes! I'm due to have a C-section in August and someone just told me that I can expect to be out of the water for up to 6 months afterwards! Is ...
27 March Saturday, 3:55 PM
Question - Is it true that if you have had a perforated ear drum then I will be unable to dive? I had this about 22 years ago - is this going to effect me no ...
27 March Saturday, 2:00 PM
Question - Hi Doc I am at the end of my tether with this problem and desperately need some advice. Basically since I was a child, I have been unable to ...
27 March Saturday, 12:09 PM
Question - ,Dear Doctor Eden, I am requesting advice and information connecting to a PFO diagnosis that I have recently been given. I'm a fit and healt ...
27 March Saturday, 10:17 AM
Question - I have been suffering with reactive arthritis for the last 5 years although it is well controlled by 25 mg per week of methatrexate and cortisone ...
27 March Saturday, 6:32 AM
Question - Hi doc, 14 years ago i was diagnosed with polycythemia i am now 48. it does not cause me any problems at all, i have follow up checks usually ever ...
27 March Saturday, 6:26 AM
Question - Dear Dr Eden, I am doing some research for a programme for the Discovery Channel, and I am trying to find out some stats regarding deaths due to ...
26 March Friday, 9:03 PM
Question - Where can I get a medical examination to certify that I'm OK for SCUBA diving ?
I live just east of Edinburgh. I'm 59 years old, I had a cardiac bypass 11-12 years ago, and , when on holiday in Teneriefe I wasn't allowed to d ...
26 March Friday, 5:20 PM
Question - Hi I am a female diver, I am fairly new to diving after only logging 13 dives. I am overweight for my height but have never had any problems with ...
26 March Friday, 11:54 AM
Question - Dear Dr Jules, I've had a tooth removed last week and things got a little complicated. I had to have some bone removed and the gum cut. I will be ...
26 March Friday, 8:07 AM
Question - Hello, Can anybody tell me of a good website that provides information about ampoules manufacturers, ampoule exporters, ampoule suppliers, glass ...
26 March Friday, 4:37 AM
Question - I have read about the epilepsy rules, I am not sure mine was epilepsy but assume so as my sister had it. I had a couple of attacks over twenty fiv ...
24 March Wednesday, 9:16 PM
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