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New hyperbaric chamber opens at JPH

PUBLISHED: 14:01 21 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:12 05 July 2010

WAVNEY MP Bob Blizzard will officially open the new hyperbaric chamber at the James Paget University Hospital, which provides a service for the whole of the Eastern Region and beyond, today on Friday this week.

WAVNEY MP Bob Blizzard will officially open the new hyperbaric chamber at the James Paget University Hospital, which provides a service for the whole of the Eastern Region and beyond, today on Friday this week.

The new chamber was craned into place in December 2007 and replaced the existing one which was opened in 1996.

It is already providing a fantastic new and superior service for patients in a spacious chamber environment. Patients are simply wheeled in through the large chamber door, and they also have the choice of lying down or sitting in a comfy chair during their treatment.

Bob Blizzard MP said: “I am delighted to officially open this new hyperbaric unit. It is ideally located here at the James Paget University Hospital to service all the NHS hospitals in the region.

“I know that the James Paget has a longstanding reputation as a centre of expertise and clinical excellence in hyperbaric medicine, and this new chamber will considerably enhance the facility for our patients.'

Dr Pieter Bothma, Consultant Anaesthetist with a special interest in hyperbaric medicine said: “We will safely use the new chamber for dozens of patients to treat a wide range of conditions. These include divers with decompression illness, or 'the bends', certain severe life threatening infections, carbon monoxide poisoning and cerebral air embolism (air in brain blood vessels).

“Diabetics who have non-healing foot ulcers can benefit from a sustained course of oxygen therapy to help improve circulation and save limbs that may otherwise have been amputated. Certain chronic problems after radiation therapy also show significant benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Unexpected problems to certain plastic surgery procedures and acute limb trauma also benefit from increased oxygen levels.'

“It's very exciting for us to have this chamber here at the James Paget. Our nearest neighbours with the same level of medical backup are Hull, London and Liverpool, so we receive referrals from all over the East of England, and nationwide.”

Medical cover for the hyperbaric service is provided 24/7 by consultants at the James Paget from A&E, ICU and Anaesthetics. Dr Bothma continued: “We are all specially trained in hyperbaric medicine and we're all very interested in this service.”

The new chamber is a public-private initiative with London Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Centres Ltd who have bought the equipment and will support the running of the service.

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