East of England Hyperbaric Chamber

James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth

The Therapy Provider currently responsible for the provision of the Hyperbaric Services at James Paget University Hospital is London Wound Healing Centres Ltd. (LHM Healthcare Ltd).

Our British Hyperbaric Association Category 1 Hyperbaric Facility is run as a Private-Public-Partnership arrangement between James Paget University Hospital NHS-Trust and London Wound Healing Centres Ltd., which has been providing Hyperbaric oxygen services to the NHS since 2000.

Emergencies: 01493 603 151
(Ask for the Duty Hyperbaric Doc.)

Clinical responsibility for the facility is in the hands of NHS-physicians and nursing staff employed directly by the Trust. The Unit’s Medical Director is a full-time NHS-Consultant in Anaesthetics and Critical Care Medicine.

The Hyperbaric facility is located within the main hospital building and has direct access to all the support services of a large District General Hospital.

The British Hyperbaric Association determine Class 1 chambers to be:

Comprehensive hyperbaric facilities capable of supporting the treatment of patients who are critically ill, from any cause, and who may require hyperbaric intensive therapy.

Multiplace chambers capable of supporting the treatment of patients who are critically ill from any cause and who may require hyperbaric intensive therapy; such facilities offer Advanced Life Support.

History of the East EnglandChamber

Twin-lock, Seagull 60″ hyperbaric chamber unit. Decommissioned in 2007

The early offshore and diving medical work in Great Yarmouth kicked off in August 1965 when one of the partners of Central Surgery in Gorleston-on-Sea, Dr. Michael Evans, was called off to a drilling ship when a driller had been felled by a falling pipe.

The Hyperbaric Facility at Great Yarmouth was a founder member of the British Isles Group of Hyperbaric Therapists, formed in 1990 to promote the understanding and safe practice of Hyperbaric medicine, and to provide a forum for discussion of Hyperbaric therapy practice in the British Isles. In 1993 the group was renamed the British Hyperbaric Association (BHA) and the medical Team at Great Yarmouth were actively involved in drawing up the constitution of the BHA.

As from 1st February 2007 the Hyperbaric Service at JPUH is being re-provided by London Hyperbaric and Wound Healing Centres Ltd in the framework of a Private Public Partnership with James Paget University Hospital NHS-Trust. Dr. Pieter Bothma, currently head of the Dept. of Anaesthetics within the Trust, is currently the Medical Director of the unit and Phil Sayers is the Managing Director.

The removal of our old chamber and the installation of our new Haux Starmed 2000 recompression chamber took place on 18th January 2008.

Location of the East England Chamber

Our East of England Diving chamber is conveniently located for both public and private transport users at James Paget Hospital:

James Paget University Hospital,
Lowestoft Rd,
Great Yarmouth
NR31 6LA

Hospital Map

  • By Road

    The main entrance to the hospital is on the A12 Lowestoft Road. On-site car parks marked A or B are reserved for patients and visitors to the hospital.

  • By Train

    The nearest train station is Great Yarmouth and is served by Greater Anglia trains.

    • Taxis can usually be found at the rank outside the train station.
    • Bus 8 to James Paget Hospital stops nearby alongside St. Nicholas’ Church.
  • By Bus

    Several bus routes connect the hospital and town centres. Local Great Yarmouth buses 1, 1A, 2 and 8 all stop beside the hospital.

    Also stopping beside the hospital are the X1 bus between Norwich and Lowestoft, and the 61 bus between Great Yarmouth and Southwold.

    Bus numbers and stand locations can change at short notice. For up to date travel information about getting to hospital by bus please try the following: