15 May 2018
DDRC Healthcare operates 24 hour emergency cover for diving emergencies, carbon monoxide poisoning and gas embolism. Across the South West we are able to liaise with other emergency services to best treat our patients. Along with the South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) we also liaise with HM Coastguard, HM Coastguard Search and Rescue Bristow Newquay and both the Devon and Cornwall Air Ambulances.
A small team of our Diving Doctors recently visited Cornwall to meet up with HM Coastguard at Falmouth, HM Coastguard Search and Rescue based at Newquay airport and the Cornwall Air Ambulance.
By visiting these services the Doctors could see the processes and procedures in place to evacuate a diving casualty as swiftly and appropriately as possible. Our Doctors man the British Hyperbaric Association 24hr National Diving Accident Helpline and are often the first point of contact in a diving emergency.
If you should find yourself in a diving emergency we have a 24hr on call team to support you on 01752 209999. You can also refer to this flowchart as an aid memoir .