Up to fourteen clients can be in the chamber at a time, however during COVID-19 we have limited seating to 6 clients. If you are having a custom session you might be in the chamber alone. No matter how many people are in the chamber, you can communicate to the team outside using the intercom, the video cameras or even through the windows to the team outside.
Yes of course, but it is a sealed chamber so will take approx 10 minutes to depressurise. Ideally all clients remain in the chamber for the 80 min duration of the session as ending a session prematurely affects everyone.
SMP Ltd are a UK based manufacturer of commercial diving, medical hyperbaric applications and military subsea & emergency rescue solutions. They are ISO certified for Quality, Environmental and Medical Devices. We commissioned SMP Ltd to manufacture our 14-seat low-pressure hyperbaric chamber and full system which also comprises of an air compressor, gas storage cylinders and a PSA plant oxygen generator.
The chamber is compliant to Code of Construction and Working Practice for Low Pressure Barochambers and pressure vessel constructed to a recognised code of construction under survey of an IACS member.
Our chamber is like those built for commercial divers or sports clubs that provides hyperbaric oxygenation. It can be used for non-emergency applications which accounts for 90% of hyperbaric oxygenation uses worldwide. It is manufactured and certified in accordance with IMCA guidance to provide a comprehensive assessment of the system. Additional quality assurance is supported by requirements in accordance to HSE guidelines, UK Health and Safety, BSI quality standards and CE accreditation.
Citizens of other EU countries have the right to access healthcare in Ireland, includingOxyGeneration, and to be reimbursed for this care by their home country.
Directive 2011/24/EU on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare sets out the conditions under which a patient may travel to another EU country to receive medical care and reimbursement. It covers healthcare costs, as well as the prescription and delivery of medications and medical devices.
We can help you plan your stay in Ireland to carry out OxyGeneration sessions. Please call us on +353 91 394444 to find out more.
Yes, certain conditions are covered by certain Irish private health insurance providers. We have listed below which conditions are covered by which providers. Please note, depending on your policy, you may need to be referred by a consultant for your treatment to be covered. Please have your policy details and referral with you when booking sessions.
Cover is allowed for the following:
- arterial insufficiency – Tx to prevent amputation;
- compromised skin grafts and flaps;
- radiation necrosis, myoradionecrosis, osteoradionecrosis and other soft tissue radiation necrosis;
- chronic refractory osteomyelitis; and
- thermal burns including second- and third-degree burns.
Referrals must be from an Irish Life Health approved Hospital Consultant. Please check your policy details to confirm level of coverage.
OxyGeneration’s self-referral and walk-in policy is for any individual who is not being treated by a GP, specialist, consultant or other healthcare professional for an illness; and who is not taking prescription medication to treat an illness. Please note that different requirements may apply if you are accessing the services through your private health insurance policy.
Clients are permitted to bring items such as water, laptops, iPads or a book with them into the treatment room. Certain items are not allowed into the chamber including mobile phones, food, cigarettes, lighters, perfume, makeup, jewellery, hearing aids or contact lenses.
There is very little preparation needed prior to your HBOT session, however this may be helpful to know:
- Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is recommended
- It gets cooler in the chamber for the last 10 minutes as the pressure raises
- Please bring your own water bottle (ideally reusable!) as with COVID-19 we no longer have jugs/glasses available
- The first and last ten minutes as the pressure changes, you’ll hear this white noise
- It is not necessary to fast before the session
- Please avoid smoking prior to your session for the consideration of others
Yes. With three car parks located close to the OxyGeneration Clinic on Merchant’s Road, the building is easily accessible and is immediately adjacent to ample and convenient car parking. The building is also wheelchair accessible.
Anyone can benefit from HBOT. It is used widely by healthy people as a preventive medicine for diseases caused by inflammation. It is also used where there is a shortage of oxygen and blood flow seen in conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer which can cause tissue damage.
Thousands of type 1 and 2 diabetics use hyperbaric oxygen therapy once a week to prevent diabetic foot ulcers.
The hyperbaric oxygen medicine is used to treat a wide range of medical conditions and sports injuries and has also been used as an alternative beauty and wellbeing treatment.
HBOT is an enjoyable, painless and non-invasive experience. Users generally feel calm and relaxed during treatment. Similar to being on an airplane, some people may experience temporary blocked ears. However this is nothing to be worried about and can be relieved by simply yawning or swallowing. There are very few contra indications.
HBOT is used as an adjunct therapy to for a wide range of health conditions such as MS, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, tissue damage and infections. It’s also used for sports injuries and for general wellbeing.
OxyGeneration is a low pressure service of between 1.4 to 2 Atmospheres Absolute (ATAs) and caters for 98% of the uses for hyperbaric medicine. The barochamber, as a low pressure chamber, is not designed for the emergency treatment of decompression illness.
The only absolute contraindication is untreated tension pneumothorax.
Relative contraindications are: upper respiratory infections, emphysema with CO2 retention, asymptomatic air cysts or blebs in the lungs seen on chest x-ray, history of thoracic or ear surgery, uncontrolled high fever, pregnancy and claustrophobia.
There are no fixed number of sessions however you will be advised of the recommended number of treatments depending on the condition being treated.
Each OxyGeneration session in the treatment room is 80 minutes of which 60 minutes is spent with oxygen and the remainder of the time is for acclimatisation.
The most common side effect associated with HBOT is fullness to the ears and sinuses similar to that felt on an airplane. This can be relieved by ‘popping’ the ears, yawning or swallowing. Occasionally some people may experience changes in their vision during the treatment period. These changes are usually minor and temporary. A very rare side effect is oxygen toxicity which is caused by administering too much oxygen.