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Welcome to Barts Health hyperbaric and wound healing service. We are a designated NHS hyperbaric facility contracted to provide emergency and elective hyperbaric treatments on behalf of NHS commissioners.
We provide a wide range of services to support referring clinicians, our Armed Forces and NHS hospitals and their patients. Referrals include recreational divers, patients suffering from severe Carbon monoxide poisoning and necrotizing soft tissue infections. Our specialist wound healing centre also provides an NHS service for patients with non-healing problem wounds as part of the Any Qualified Provider initiative.
We provide hyperbaric and wound healing services from:
- Whipps Cross University Hospital
- East of England Hyperbaric Unit at James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth
To refer a patient to the Wound Healing Centre at Whipps Cross Hospital, please use the Choose and Book system.
Clinics available at Whipps Cross University Hospital are:
- Leg ulcer clinics
- Wound clinics
To contact the London Hyperbaric Chamber for medical advice or in an emergency please call 079 9929 2999.
Patients with hyperbaric emergency medical problems, who require a short stay in hospital, are referred to our acute medicine services via the Hyperbaric Unit at Whipps Cross University Hospital.
The clinical care of ICU patients admitted in an emergency is shared between our acute medicine and hyperbaric medicine teams.
For a patient to receive emergency treatment in the Hyperbaric Unit they will need a referral from a hospital consultant, an emergency department or ambulance service. Divers can self-refer through our emergency department.
Non-emergency hyperbaric referrals are accepted form hospital consultants only. GPs can refer patients to our wound healing centre directly.
For further information on how to refer a patient please call 020 8539 1222
Alternatively, please write to Dr Pieter Bothma, Medical Director, or Susan Murray, Nurse Manager (Wound Healing Service) at:
Whipps Cross University Hospital,
Whipps Cross Road,
London, E11 1RG
Our Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Centre is run in partnership between Barts Health NHS Trust and LHM Healthcare Ltd and has been integrated into the Department of Critical Care and Surgery since 2001.
We also provide a national Divers Emergency Service (DES-UK) for recreational divers, wishing to access advice from our expert physicians and supervisors.
Our specialist centre employs specialist physicians and nurses, trained in hyperbaric and diving medicine. Our supervisors and most of the staff are active divers, and the doctors are diving specialists.
The Hyperbaric Chamber is used to treat patients who are suffering from certain diving disorders such as decompression sickness, gas embolism, severe carbon monoxide poisoning, necrotizing soft tissue infections and a number of elective conditions. Using a face-mask or hood, we can deliver oxygen to our patients at pressures above ambient, using our large and comfortable multiplace Therapy Chamber.
The unit is certified according to internationally recognised standards and it is designed to accept the elderly and the ill, in a clinically safe environment.
We provide patients with a 24 hour emergency service for all hyperbaric referrals, which includes a specialist service for any diver who suspects that they are showing signs of decompression illness (the bends or DCI). Find out more about the emergency service here.
Our service gives divers online confidential advice and also has an emergency divers’ helpline on 079 9929 2999 - available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A multidisciplinary service is provided for the assessment and treatment of non-healing (mostly hypoxic) problem wound as well as daily routine treatment sessions for our elective patients. Other services include diving medicals, educational ‘dry dives’ (chamber dives) – a fun and safe way to test a diver’s ability at depth and educational courses for divers and medical professionals.
To contact the London Hyperbaric Chamber for medical advice or emergencies call 079 9929 2999 or visit the LHM Healthcare website.
The Royal Navy Institute of Naval Medicine provides a hot-line for divers, diving information and diving accident treatment. Contact them on: 078 3115 1523.
Divers Emergency Service
Tel: 079 9929 2999
The London Hyperbaric Chamber
Tel: 020 8539 1222
24 hour Duty Hyperbaric Physician: 07736 898 066
24 hour Duty Supervisor: 07999 292 999
In an emergency
For medical advice please call: 079 9929 2999
Duty Doctor for advice and emergency referrals - 24 hours, seven days a week
Normal opening hours: 8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.
How to get treatment
To receive treatment in the Hyperbaric Centre you need a referral from a hospital consultant, an emergency department or ambulance service.
Divers can self-refer through the emergency department at Whipps Cross University Hospital.
Why choose us
Our Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Centre is London’s only designated provider of specialist NHS hyperbaric services. We offer a free, qualified, competent and patient-friendly medical advice service and are a one-stop-shop for diving medical advice, all diving medicals, treatment for DCI, travel health services and educational courses.
We have close links with the Department of Critical Care and Surgery, so our patients can have fast, direct access to all other medical services. London’s Air Ambulances regularly transfer patients to our facility.
As well as leading medical professionals, we employ support staff including physiotherapists, to help patients recover as quickly as possible. Find out more about our team by visiting the Divers Emergency Service website.
We offer a round the clock emergency Hyperbaric service for all emergency referrals. The team also provides routine treatments for patients needing hyperbaric oxygenation (eg for diabetic foot ulcers, soft tissue radiation tissue damage, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and osteoradionecrosis).
We are well known for our pioneering work and have been cooperating with the Royal Marsden Hospital in multi-centre research trials since 2004. Current research is looking into the use of oxygen to help cancer patients suffering from conditions such as radiation tissue damage.
In addition, we run highly regarded courses for medical professionals, hyperbaric chamber operators and nurses.