OxyGeneration opened in 2018 on the back of a long history with hyperbaric oxygenation by one of our founders, Brian Lynch. He first came across hyperbaric oxygenation over thirty years ago while working on an injury case (he’s a solicitor). His client had hyperbaric oxygenation sessions at University Hospital Galway on referral from his Consultant Plastic Surgeon. Brian saw the great results and understood how it improved this person’s quality of life. The next experience was another case, this time for the ‘hospital superbug’ MRSA. He learned more about hyperbaric oxygenation and how it’s used globally as an adjunct therapy for serious infections.
A few years later a friend of Brian’s had an ongoing infection and non-healing wound. Brian was part of a pool of friends that helped drive him the daily 400km round trip from County Galway to Dublin to attend sessions at the National Hyperbaric Centre in Dublin, run by the great Des Quigley. Brian experienced hyperbaric oxygenation himself for the first time as he decided to have sessions seeing as he was there!
Many of the National Hyperbaric Centre’s clients are referred by HSE hospitals, mainly from St James’s, the Mater, Beaumont, St Luke’s and St Vincent’s. He was struck by the camaraderie of those attending sessions with him, each there for their own very different reasons, from all over Ireland and overseas. He was really inspired by their stories of improvement, recovery and even limbs saved from amputation.
In 2015 after Brian had an accident, he once again frequented the hyperbaric chamber in Dublin, getting a wheelchair taxi from St. James’ Hospital over to the National Hyperbaric Centre for daily sessions to help his recovery. After being discharged from hospital and back home in Galway, Brian found himself in that familiar routine of driving up to Dublin and completed a cycle of over 60 sessions.
Galwegians are very fortunate in that University Hospital Galway is home to the National Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, with its own hyperbaric chamber, which is fantastic for both patients and Health Services Executive public hospital consultants across every field of medicine.
Brian wanted to provide a private, world-class hyperbaric oxygenation service in Galway, that was more accessible and less expensive. This led to the opening of OxyGeneration at Merchant’s Road.
Service with integrity
OxyGeneration is not a quick win. Hope is a fantastic attitude to have but it’s not a word we take lightly. We will always be very clear and respectful with clients when managing expectations. HBOT ultimately works because of physics and with some conditions this is not the solution. Like with every medical intervention, how each person responds varies.
For many people, attending OxyGeneration comes after years of consultations with their doctors and it’s the last opportunity to improve their quality or life, prevent amputations or colostomy bags etc. Multiple sessions are always required for serious conditions, which could range from 40 to even 140+ sessions. This is a serious time and financial commitment for people because often these sessions need to be five days a week until concluded. Many clients, after consultations with their Doctors and families decide this commitment and desired outcome is better than the alternative, however some don’t. It’s an important discussion to have.
We’re here to help with any questions you, or your Doctor, may have.