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Fundraising is an integral part of the success of B.H.O.C., it is a registered charity and non profit making.

Since 1997 when the decision was taken to purchase and install a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber in Bandon Town, the local population rowed in behind the tremendous effort required to bring the project to fruition.

Several novel events have been organised over the years generating varying amounts of money from single donations of €10 up to €23,000 raised by the Kilimanjaro Climb undertaken by the Bandon Hillbillies.

Every Euro collected is very much appreciated by the hard working committee and it is really a case of “minding the cents and the euros will take care of themselves”. The biggest drain on funds is the cost of the Oxygen which is administered to chamber users, but it is the main stay of the Centre and something we must work hard to ensure continued supply.

Bandon Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber Committee have a policy that no person in need of treatment will be deprived of that treatment because of their financial circumstances. However due to the high running costs associated with treatment, relatives and friends of patients, are encouraged to become involved in fundraising activities.

The cost of treatment has been kept as low as possible, it is very reasonable and do not hesitate to contact the Centre for this information.



If you have a query other than those mentioned below please Contact B.H.O.C. by Phone or Email.

Tel:- 023-8843677


Q: How can I apply for treatment ?

A: You need to complete our application form (this can be downloaded from our Applications page, alternatively, please ring us and we shall post you a form). Please ensure that the GP´s letter is signed by your GP. Once that is done, you can give us a call to make a booking. (Don’t forget the COVID Declaration)

Q: Where in Bandon is B.H.O.C. situated ?

A: located at the rear entrance to Bandon Town Hall – overlooking Bandon River. (Close to the Courthouse)

Q: How long does a session take ?

A: A session or dive takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. There are also sessions of 20 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the age, and circumstances of the patient.

Q: How many sessions will I need to get the benefit of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

A: When you ring us to make an appointment, we will carry out an assessment with Consultant in Hyperbaric Medicine to advise the most beneficial procedure tailor made for you.

Q: How much does treatment cost ?

A: The cost of treatment has been kept as low as possible, it is very reasonable and can be advised by contacting the Centre.

Q: When is the chamber open ?

A: B.H.O.C. runs 2 or more sessions on at least 4 mornings per week. We also open in the evenings, so you are advised to call in advance to make sure of exact opening times as they can vary depending on patient´s needs, and demand for the facility.

Q: What does one wear in the chamber ?

A: Normal / Ordinary attire.

Q: Can I use my body warmer ?

A: No, to assist with your comfort, we can supply a blanket.

Q: Can people with a head cold use the chamber ?

A: NO, as treatment can be uncomfortable to the ears.

Q: What is a typical treatment for M.S. clients ?

A: Typical, 20 sessions followed by a weekly top up session.

Q: Can a patient have more than one session a day ?

A: YES, but it is recommended to have one hour rest period between sessions.

Q: What other facilities are at the centre ?

A: Toilet Facility, Waiting Room, Tea / Coffee Facility.

Q: How does one occupy their time in the chamber?

A: Reading material can be brought into the chamber, however you cannot bring anything with batteries in (e.g. iPads, iPods, MP3 players, mobile phones, etc.).

Q: Can I bring in my hearing aid ?

A: Unfortunately due to the nature of the raised pressure and oxygen levels in the chamber, you cannot bring in your hearing aid, this must be removed

Q: What if I can’t make the regular hours due to school / family / work commitments ?

A: Contact us at the centre and we can organize a suitable appointment time for your treatment session, even if it is outside the usual opening hours.



The Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) 

Oxygen is normally transported in the blood stream by totally saturated haemoglobin (red blood cells full of oxygen).

Where there is tissue damage resulting from trauma, it leads to reduced blood supply in the affected area and may also be accompanied by swelling due to loss of fluid into the surrounding tissues. These factors limit the delivery of oxygen, causing the traumatised area a profound oxygen deficit and thereby delaying the healing process.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy elevates oxygen delivery to the tissue. As patients breathe 100% oxygen at elevated pressure, this increased pressure causes a 10 to 15 fold increase in the oxygenation of the blood which in turn results in increased oxygen delivery to the tissues and cells of the body. This promotes tissue repair, wound healing and fracture healing, while reducing pain and swelling.

Tissue oxygen studies have shown that oxygen levels, after Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment, remain elevated for some hours after therapy, thereby lengthening the healing benefit in the affected areas.

Another benefit of HBO is the increased activity in white blood cells which in turn helps fight infection and reduces the risk of infection which is especially beneficial in wound healing and enhanced immune response.

From the varied range of conditions treated by HBOT the most common ones are the following (please note this is not an exhaustive list)

  • Physical traumas and Sports injuries (muscle tears, sprains, broken bones, ligament damage, hamstring damage, etc.)
  • Post surgery wounds
  • Radiation tissue damage
  • Chronic, non-healing wounds
  • Diabetic complications
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Non Haemorrhagic stroke
  • Air and gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Gas gangrene
  • Decompression illness
  • Exceptional blood loss
  • Necrotizing small tissue infections
  • Thermal burns
  • Acute Migraine
  • M.E. (chronic fatigue)
  • Leg ulcers
  • Pressure sores
  • ISSHL (sudden hearing loss)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is believed to relieve and sometimes cure distressing symptoms which accompany motor neurological conditions caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, including stroke, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. MS and stroke victims may also suffer loss of limb movement, may have their speech or coordination severely compromised which is directly attributed to certain parts of the brain being deprived of oxygen and thus causing brain tissue to die.

While dead tissue cannot be revived, dying tissue can be recovered with startling success by delivering raised levels of oxygen to the affected area.

Please note: if your condition is not listed above, give us a call and we will assess whether Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment will be suitable and beneficial for you.



In order to avail of the B.H.O.C facilities you must first complete and sign an Application Form.

For your convenience, this Application Form is available for downloading from this website in PDF format of which the majority of browsers can open and allow you to print it off.

COVID Rules:- We now require a mandatory Covid Declaration, which now can be downloaded via the link below

Click Here to Download  BHOC Application form

Click Here to Download COVID Declaration Form

Notes on completing the Application Form:

Page 1 to be completed by the Individual

Page 2 is a Consent Form which must be brought to your GP to be completed

(signed and stamped indicating that he / she, (your GP), knows of no reason why you should not take part in the treatment)

Both Forms (Individual & GP Consent) as per the BHOC application download, together with the Covid Declaration must be submitted together in order to process new applications and failure to do so will only delay the application.

Clients Pre-Pandemic must now Complete the COVID Declaration

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of 100% oxygen, at a pressure level, higher than atmospheric pressure. The treatment is performed by trained personnel and follows a predetermined protocol which includes continuous monitoring of the patient.

The centre houses, two state of the art Oxygen Chambers, which are capable of treating a wide range of conditions and they rank in standard with the most modern in Europe and the US.

The Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment session

Patients are seated in the chamber and the oxygen delivery apparatus is applied and secured (face mask or hood assembly). The chamber is sealed and the pressurisation process starts, lasting about 7-10 minutes in order to bring the chamber to the required treatment pressure, using compressed air.

Once the pressure is reached, the oxygen supply is opened and after the securing of masks / hood assembly, the patients breathe the 100% oxygen for the duration of the treatment session, 60 minutes. Once the session is over, the masks / hoods are removed and the chamber goes through a depressurisation process (lasting 7 to 10 minutes) to bring it back to atmospheric level.

Treatment session times are as follows:

If it is your first appointment, please ensure that you arrive 20 minutes before the start of the session, for an induction and please bring your completed application form with you together with the letter signed by your GP. (Plus COVID Declaration)

Open from Monday Afternoon right through the week until Saturday morning.

It is advisable to Contact the Office to arrange an appointment.

Please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your session is due to start.

The following are strictly forbidden and NOT ALLOWED into the chamber during the treatment session:

Mobile phones, watch, car keys with batteries, matches, lighters, smoking materials, aerosols, food and alcohol, chemical cleaners, solvents, nail varnish removers, volatile drugs, glass bottle, sealed containers, grease, oil or petrol-based fluid, sugar, fine powders, flammable foods, thermos flasks, electric toys, handbags, body warmers, hearing aids, walkmans, ipods, etc etc.

If you develop a headcoldsinus or ear infection coming up to your treatment session, please call us to cancel your appointment. These ailments render the treatment session unsuitable due to the elevated pressure levels in the chamber.

Background Information

An oxygen chamber is believed to relieve and sometimes cure distressing symptoms which accompany conditions caused by lack of oxygen to the brain.

Treatment works by administering oxygen under intense (Hyperbaric) pressure (Hyperbaric). Among medical experts working in the aviation, space and diving sectors, it is believed to have a more expansive therapeutic role, beyond curing decompression sickness for divers – its original purpose.
Hyperbaric pressure is based on the theory of allowing the body to heal through flooding cells with pure oxygen, which rushes to an area of injury. It is accepted that the compressed oxygen chamber halves the time of healing an injury.
Hyperbaric Therapy is relatively new. It has been spearheaded mainly by a leading expert in the field, Dr. Philip James, PhD, Senior Lecturer at Dundee University in Scotland, and who has visited the Centre in Bandon, Co Cork, and works in close association with B.H.O.C.
Hyperbaric Treatments have had success in treating motor-neurological conditions associated with the temporary lack of oxygen to the brain. These range from Multiple Sclerosis to Stroke and Cerebral Palsy.
Oxygen treatment is also believed to be effective with skin complaints, notably severe ulceration, following amputation or operation, as well as burn injury and skin graft healing.

The Basic principles of hyperbaric oxygen in layman terms.

The principle of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is as follows; body tissue deprived of oxygen will eventually die if oxygen is not restored, to generate the healing process; oxygen is the bodies natural healer.

Tissue can be deprived of oxygen for a whole plethora of reasons; severe injury, burns, after effects of skin-grafting and certain types of surgery.

MS and Stroke victims may also suffer loss of limb movement, may have their speech or coordination severely compromised, this is directly attributed to an area of the brain being deprived of oxygen and thus causing the brain tissue to die.
Dead tissue cannot be revived, however dying tissue can be recovered with startling success by delivering oxygen to the affected area.

The only method known of achieving this function is to place the patient in a pressurised chamber. The patient then breathes 100% pure oxygen under these conditions. The effect of a pressurized environment in the chamber is to dissolve oxygen in high dosage in the blood plasma.

Oxygen is then delivered around the body via the enriched plasma.

In our 20+ Years of operation we have seen first hand the amazing benefits of oxygen in treating certain ailments. Excellent results have also been achieved in treating sports injuries, no matter what the sport or standard.

What is Hyperbaric Medicine ? Background History

Hyperbaric medicine is a specialised theory evolved over the years to treat diverse ailments. In time it was inevitable that hyperbaric doctors would apply this therapy to various civilian ailments.
The current leading specialist in this field is Professor Philip James, Senior Lecturer at Dundee University. We liaise with Dr. James and adopt his parameters and pressure regimes in our Bandon Centre. Dr. James has visited Bandon on two occasions and delivered a lecture supported by slides on the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

From the varied range of conditions treated by HBOT the most common ones are the following (please note this is not an exhaustive list), Physical Traumas and Sports Injuries (muscle tears, sprains, broken bones, ligament damage, hamstring damage, etc.)

Post Surgery Wounds

Radiation Tissue Damage

Chronic, Non-Healing Wounds

Diabetic complications

Multiple Sclerosis

Non Haemorrhagic Stroke

Air and Gas Embolism

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Smoke Inhalation

Gas Gangrene

Decompression illness

Exceptional blood loss

Necrotizing small tissue infections

Thermal Burns

Acute Migraine

M.E. (chronic fatigue)

Leg Ulcers

Pressure Sores

Please note: if your condition is not listed above, give us a call and we will assess whether Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment will be suitable and / or beneficial for you.


About Us

And so the Story begins ….

In the beginning there was Mr. Liam Deasy, (a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer), and, in his search for a better quality on living he found an improvement in his symptoms after using “Oxygen Chambers” in the U.K.

Mr. Deasy gathered around him, a small group of loyal friends and volunteers, and in 1997 a Committee was formed, to set about doing some “fundraising”.

It was from this action, that what we know today as “Bandon Hyperbaric Oxygen Centre” originated, the brainchild of one Mr. Liam Deasy. The Fundraising continues to this day as does the vision Liam had back in the mid “90’s”, and long may it last…….

Officer’s & Committee:- 2020 / 21

President :-   T.B.A.                                                                         

Vice President :-   Jimmy Deasy

Chairman :- Robert Wilmot                                 

Secretary :-     Paddy O’Sullivan

Treasurer :-   Neil Crean                                         

P.R.O.:-    Brian Mc Sweeney

Manager’s B.H.O.C.:-   Finbarr Mc Carthy  &  Christy  Walsh

COVID Compliance Officer:-   Donal Callanan

Committee Members:-

Norma Deasy,  Marie Downing,  Denis O’Donovan, Veronica O’Donovan,  Gerry O’Hara,  Neilie O’Leary,

Jim O’Mahony,  Rodney Price, Pat Traynor.

Trustees:- Paddy O Sullivan, Jimmy Deasy, Robert Wilmot, Jerry Mc Sweeney.


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