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The process for HBO referrals and funding.

Emergency Referrals

For suspected Decompression Illness, Carbon Monoxide poisoning or Necrotising Soft Tissue infection immediately contact:

DDRC Healthcare on 01752 209999

Non-Emergency Referrals

In 2013 the NHS regional funding agreement for hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy in the South West underwent transition under the Specialised Services Commissioning to become a nationally commissioned service.

The list of indications we consider for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) are those recommended by the Underwater Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and can be found in our ‘conditions we can treat’ section.

Referring a patient

  • DDRC Healthcare can accept NHS referrals from Consultants.
  • We can no longer accept elective referrals from General Practitioners

If you are a patient who has been referred

You will receive all the information you need at your assessment appointment including all about your treatment and who you will meet.


  • Funding is assigned from a national budget and not individual departmental budgets.

If you have a patient with one of the indications listed above, that you wish to discuss for possible HBO, please get in touch to discuss or send a referral letter to Dr Doug Watts, Medical Director, DDRC Healthcare, Research Way, Plymouth Science Park, Plymouth PL6 8BU.

Private referrals are also possible for certain indications. Please get in touch to discuss on +44(0)1752 209999 or email