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.