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What to expect on your next visit to BHOC @ Bandon

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Emergencies

In the case of an Emergency over the Christmas period 2018 please contact the mobile as listed below.

This mobile is strictly for Emergency issues.

086-3603779


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Festive Opening Times

BHOC Opening Hours

2019 Festive Season

New Year 2020

Monday           23rd December                    @ 2.15pm

Tuesday           24th                                         Closed

Wednesday     25th                                         Closed

Thursday         26th                                         Closed

Friday              27th                                         Closed

Saturday          28th December                   @ 9.15 am

Monday           30th                                          @ 2.15 pm

Tuesday           31st December 2019              Closed

Wednesday     1st January 2020                     Closed

Thursday     2nd January                             Open  as normal


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FAQ’s

Some of the frequently asked questions to Volunteers at B.H.O.C.

If you have a query other than mentioned below please Contact B.H.O.C. by Contacting Us by email or Phone.


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.

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

A: B.H.O.C.is located at the rear entrance to Bandon Town Hall – overlooking Bandon River.

Q: How long does a session take ?

A: A session or dive takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. There are also sessions of 20minutes 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 our doctor 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 at €20 per person per dive / session.

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: How does one occupy their time in the chamber ?

A: Reading material can be brought in with the patient.

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

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

Q: What about M.S. sufferers !, What treatment is set out ?

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: Just give us a call and we can organize a suitable appointment time for your treatment session even if it is outside the usual opening hours.

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About Us

And so the Story begins ….

In the Liambeginning there was Mr. Liam Deasy, (a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer), and in his search for a better quality in 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.

Information into the History and Fundraising pertaining to B.H.O.C. is featured in other parts of the site along with photographic memories.

 

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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Benefits

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.

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BHOC History

Bandon Hyperbaric Oxygen Centre – B.H.O.C. for short is a project that wLiamas initiated by a local Bandon Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Mr. Liam Deasy (Pictured right), who was travelling to Britain to use oxygen chambers there. As a result of his visits to oxygen chambers Mr. Deasy noticed significant improvement in his symptoms which improved his quality of life. With help from a small group of volunteers back in 1997 a committee set about fund-raising, the aim being to provide a Hyperbaric Chamber in Mr. Deasy’s home town of Bandon.

 
trim140397 bThe original committee membership was Liam Deasy, Paddy O Sullivan, Marie Downing, Denis Burke (RIP), Paddy Connolly (RIP), Eddie Nicholson, Neil Crean, Sean Crean (RIP) Jimmy Deasy, Eddie Lucey Jerry & Brian McSweeney, Robert Wilmot & Casey O’Donovan. One of the first tasks was to travel to Trim, Co. Meath on 14th March 1997 to view an Oxygen Chamber in use there.

 

first chamber arrives aAs a result of a major fundraising campaign by local volunteers it was possible to purchase an oxygen chamber in Scotland in 1997. Fundraising has been the primary source of funding at the BHOC Project and by clicking on FUNDRAISERS you can see the great work that they do. The original oxygen chamber was purchased in Scotland in October 1997 and transported to Bandon where it was installed in temporary accommodation at Bandon Scout Hall at Watergate St., Bandon, Co. Cork. This solitary chamber remained in use at Watergate St until 2002 when its permanent home was secured from the Trustees of Bandon Town Hall.

newchambercrane aAn ambitious goal was achieved in 2003 when purpose built accommodation was added to the Bandon Town Hall which allowed a second Wheelchair accessible chamber to be installed.

Photograph on right (courtesy of Paddy Connolly) shows a crane lifting the new chamber into the Bandon Town Hall purpose built accommodation…

The newer of the two oxygen chambers was purchased in Scotland and is one of the most modern in the world. This chamber is 100 percent wheelchair-user friendly. The voluntary B.H.O.C has not received one cent of its costs – estimated at €250,000 – from the Government. Without the generosity of all concerned, Volunteers, Local Community, the Public in general and anyone that contributed, we would not have the “Centre” today that we are so proud of….. And it continues…..