Hyperbaric Medicine

How we can help you

Our Hyperbaric Unit cares for patients across New South Wales (NSW) and Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

We can provide you with Hyperbaric oxygen therapy which involves breathing pure oxygen in our pressurised room or chamber. The increased oxygen levels in your blood stream help to heal damaged tissue that has a poor blood supply from a previous injury. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat:

  • Diving related injuries e.g. decompression illness also called 'The Bends' 
  • Soft tissue radiation injury e.g. radiotherapy wounds or damage to the bladder or bowel related to radiation therapy
  • Osteoradionecrosis or bone death, a rare side-effect of radiation therapy 
  • Chronic, non-healing wounds e.g. diabetic or hypoxic wounds or venous wounds
  • Necrotising fasciitis or gangrene
  • Some hearing or eye emergnecies e.g. sudden hearing loss, pterygium
  • Gas related injuries (eg carbon monoxide poisoning and air embolism).

Our team includes:

  • Hyperbaric staff specialists (anaesthetists, specialist intensive care and emergency doctors and nurses)
  • Nurse Unit Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Registered Nurses
  • Technical Officers/Biomedical Engineering staff

There are two types of hyperbaric chambers. Patients can sit in nice comfortable reclining chairs in our main chamber (it is essentially just a big room), and breathe oxygen via a hood or mask.

 

Or some patients may lie down in our single person chambers.

Photo of single person chamber

There is always a registered nurse inside the main chamber with patients to help if they have any concerns or medical issues.

Each treatment last 2 hours. Patients come every day for a treatment from Monday to Friday for a period of 4 to 6 weeks.

A check-up appointment will be arranged one month after you have completed treatment.

You must have a referral from your Specialist or your local general practitioner to use this service. Referrals must contain patients phone number, address, date of birth and full name and be made to a hyperbaric specialist and faxed to us before we can assess you. Our fax number is 9382 3834.

Once we have a referral, we will contact you via phone to arrange your appointment. We try to find an appointment time that allows you to attend, however we do have set times that our doctors are available. The Hyperbaric Unit opening hours are 8.00am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.

If you live 100km or more (one way from your usual residence) from the hyperbaric chamber IPTAAS will cover the cost of your accommodation.