West Scotland Centre for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine
The West Scotland Centre for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine is owned and managed by Tritonia Scientific Ltd (www.tritoniascientific.co.uk/hyperbarics) near Oban on the west coast of Scotland.
The recompression facility was originally established by the Scottish Marine Biological Association (SMBA) in the late 1960s to support its own scientific diving operations but was approached in the early 1970s to provide emergency cover for decompression incidents occurring in the region. The facility was one of the founder members of the BHA and has always been part of the Scottish NHS Registration Service for Emergency Recompression. It is currently one of three NHS-registered recompression facilities in Scotland and covers the whole of the west coast of Scotland including the outer isles. Ownership changed to Tritonia Scientific Ltd., in 2018.
The current recompression chamber was installed in 1998. It is a 2-metre diameter twin-lock Divex chamber with 900mm diameter doors. It has the capability of treating two patients at once and can provide standard air-oxygen recompression treatments and heliox-oxygen-air tables.
Medical support is currently co-ordinated through the Lorn Medical Centre (www.lornmedicalcentre.co.uk) and id delivered by seven doctors based in Oban, all with appropriate training and experience in dealing with diving-related injury. These are:
Dr F MacLennan, Dr R Waddington, Dr K Adams, Dr D Robinson, Dr I Bodzioch, Dr L Stolton, Dr M Vasko
Dr Fiona MacLennan is the Facility’s Medical Director. Additional support for recompression operations is provided by the Lorn and Islands District General Hospital (www.obanhospital.com)
The Facility is operational 24 hours, 7 days a week; emergency call-outs can be initiated through the Coastguard (999, channel 16) or the Scottish National Helpline number 0345 408 6008.