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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…..

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Fundraising

Fundraising is an integral part of the success of B.H.O.C.

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 greatest drain on resources is the cost of the Oxygen which is administered to chamber users.

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 and starts at €20 per person per dive / session. The cost for sessions / dives undertaken by Sports Persons is €40.

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Under Construction for Revamp

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Applications

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 both Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF format.

Click Here to Download BHOC Application Form

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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 knows of no reason why you should not take part in the treatment)

Both Forms must be submitted together in order to process new applications

and failure to do so will only delay the application.

Already Existing Clients to Complete the COVID_19 DECLARATION

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Contact Us

Phone:- 023-8843677
Email:- info@bhoc.ie
Web:- www.bhoc.ie
GPS:-

51°44’47.9″N 8°44’19.3″W

51.746650, -8.738695

As per Google maps, you are within touching distance here.

Eircode P72 E448

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Procedure

The Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment session

Patients are seated in the chamber and the oxygen delivery apparatus is set up (face mask or hood assembly). The chamber is sealed and the pressurization process starts, lasting about 7-10 minutes 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 and/or 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 depressurization process (lasting 7 to 10 minutes) to bring it back to atmospheric level.

Treatment session times are as follows:

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

It is advisable to Contact the Office to arrange for a session.

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

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

The following are NOT ALLOWED to be brought into the chamber for the treatment session:

Mobile phone, 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.

If you develop a headcold, sinus 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. 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 who has visited Bandon and worked in close association with B.H.O.C.
Treatment has had success in treating motor-neurological conditions associated with the temporary lack of oxygen to the brain. These range from multiple sclerosis to strokes and cerebral palsy.
Oxygen treatment is also believed to be effective with skin complaints, notably sever ulceration, following amputation or operation as well as burn injury, 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 attributable 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 pressurized 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 10+ 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.

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 in Bandon liaise with Doctor James and adopt his parameters and pressure regimes in our Bandon Operation. Dr James has visited Bandon on two occasions and delivered a lecture supported by slides on the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) 

Oxygen is normally transported in the blood stream by totally saturated hemoglobin (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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Bandon Hyperbaric Oxygen Centre

B.H.O.C. Bandon

NOW Open

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BHOC will remain open, number of sessions may be reduced.
Please phone for further info.

Bandon Hyperbaric Oxygen Centre.

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In the interest of all our clients,  volunteer team and all associated family members, the Guidelines as set out for Re-Opening by the Government for Covid-19 will be applied and will have to be strictly adhered to, by both clients and volunteers alike.

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The Bandon Hyperbaric Oxygen Centre – B.H.O.C – is located in the basement at the rear of the Town Hall, North Main Street, Bandon, County Cork, Ireland.

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 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 Centre is 100% Wheelchair Accessible and we can cater for children as young as 3 months old.