What to expect on your next visit to BHOC @ Bandon
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.
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
Bandon Hyperbaric Oxygen centre takes data security seriously, and has taken all steps to ensure that personal data is kept only by consent, stored safely, not shared with third parties and deleted when no longer needed. Our GDPR policy can be viewed at the link here. Any queries or complaints can be addressed to the Data Protection Officer, co BHOC at email@example.com
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.
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 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
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.
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.