DDRC Healthcare, Plymouth, Devon

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What do we do?

TREATMENT: We are specialists in Diving Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine. We are best known for using our hyperbaric chambers to treat divers with decompression illness (DCI) or ‘the bends’. Click here for our fact sheet on 'What is DCI' (also known as Decompression Illness or Decompression Sickness)? 

Only approximately one third of our patients are divers. We use Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy to treat a specific list of conditions whch have been agreed as having strong evidence that the use of HBO is effective.

HBO therapy involves patients breathing 100% oxygen whilst inside a pressurised treatment chamber. For details of the conditions that we can treat using HBO please see Information for Patients or Information for Medical Professionals as appropriate.

There are some conditions that we do not treat as the evidence base is not great enough to currently justify the treatment process.

The majority of our patients are treated under the NHS and we work closely with NHS colleagues from across the country to support both emergency and non-emergency patients.

We also offer Fitness to dive advice which is not funded by the NHS. We see it as part of our charitable work for the diving community. The Fitness to Dive Query form can be found here.

Our trading subsidiary DDRC Wound Care Ltd offers specialist care to manage a variety of wounds, with emphasis on treating difficult to heal chronic wounds including leg ulcers. This is run as a not-for-proft organisation. Currently we can only treat privately funded patients but we are working to find ways in which we can deliver services funded by the NHS in future. 

RESEARCH & EDUCATION: From our beginning we have retained a strong focus on research activities. Through collaborations, partnerships and PhD studentships, we conduct research into diving diseases, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the effect of hyperbaric environments. Our research is widely published and we produce downloadable resources on various aspects of Diver Health.  

TRAINING: Through DDRC Professsional Services Ltd (another not-for-profit subsidiary of DDRC Healthcare) we provide medical, first aid and safety training to the diving, offshore, renewable energy, maritime security, hyperbaric, maritime and medical industries. Our highly skilled and experienced Training Team deliver courses from our excellent facilities in Plymouth, England and around the world in locations such as Thailand, Gozo, Georgia, Poland, Guernsey, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, USA,Tahiti and the Bahamas. 

Additionally we offer a range of professional medicals and medical assessments. 

Our work is accredited by a long list of professional bodies and credit awarding bodies, including, HSE, IMCA and DAN. ELCAS training credits can be used for the HSE Offshore Medic course.

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