London Hyperbaric Medicine Private Care

The Hyperbaric Unit at Whipps Cross University Hospital has been providing urgent and elective Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) services to both NHS and private patients for over twenty years.

Our facility, which houses a large multiplace chamber and a smaller monoplace chamber, employs some of the best trained and most dedicated professionals working in this specialised field in the UK.

The facility at LHM is the only NHS hyperbaric unit in London to be commissioned by the NHS to treat the most critically ill patients.

Using state-of-the art equipment and technology we have established an unrivalled international reputation for providing safe and high-quality treatments and research.

Each patient is evaluated by one of our team of hyperbaric medicine physicians to determine whether HBOT is an appropriate adjunct therapy. Where necessary this may involve wound-mapping and transcutaneous oximetry assessments to inform the treatment plan.

We offer assessments and treatments for the full range of internationally accepted conditions responsive to Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and work closely with referring clinicians to make sure that your care is coordinated.

Many of these conditions are one of poor tissue healing as a result of diabetes or after radiotherapy for cancer treatment.

Unlike standard oxygen therapy, the chamber allows the delivery of Oxygen under high pressure (hyperbaric) to promote healing and improve quality of life.

All profits from the provision of our private patients services are used to support the delivery of NHS clinical care for the benefit of all patients.

Customized HBOT care plans are designed to promote the healing process and the patient’s experience of health benefits not achieved using other standard therapies. HBOT, combined with standard medical and/or surgical care, offers patients with an extremely effective treatment option and outcome for various medical conditions.

Conditions we treat include:

Radiation damage to soft tissues and bone Radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis.

As well as destroying cancer cells, radiotherapy can cause injury to surrounding tissues leading to tissue damage and chronic debilitating symptoms. HBOT can be effective in

Diabetic foot ulcers and ischaemic ulcers.

Diabetes can lead to damage to small vessels which causes tissue to become hypoxic. Even seemingly innocuous injuries can lead to wounds that ulcerate and cannot heal due to the low levels of Oxygen in the tissues. HBOT can reverse these changes and aid healing as part of a multidisciplinary approach to wound care.

Surgical and hypoxic wounds that don’t respond to standard treatment within 6 weeks.

HBOT can be used as an adjunctive treatment to promote wound healing in chronic hypoxic wounds of other causes such as surgery.

Idiopathic sudden sensorineural Hearing loss (ISSHL)

Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss is classically defined as a hearing loss of at least 30 dB occurring within three days over at least three contiguous frequencies. The most common clinical presentation involves an individual experiencing a sudden unilateral hearing loss, tinnitus, a sensation of aural fullness and vertigo. Although clear clinical evidence is lacking, a Cochrane review in 2010 suggested HBOT may be useful in the treatment of this condition and so patients with moderate to profound ISSHL (≥ 41 dB) who present within 14 days of symptom onset should be considered for HBO2.

Selected sports-related injuries

HBOT can also help with recovery from certain sporting injuries when used in conjunction with a specialist physiotherapy treatment plan.

HBOT following cosmetic surgical procedures

HBOT has been found to benefit patients following some of the most widely used cosmetic surgical procedures. Plastic surgery patients face the usual post-operative recovery challenges that may follow surgery, but they are also vulnerable to some specific surgery-related after-effects and complications.

HBOT can also help speed up recovery, allowing you to get back to normal life sooner in the post op period.

We treat:

Non-healing problem wounds including complications arising from skin grafts and flaps following Facelifts, Abdominoplasty (tummy-tuck procedures), Rhinoplasty (nose refinement), Breast surgery and other procedures.

Patients who receive HBOT recover much faster in the post op period. HBOT can also help aid in reducing visible scarring and skin breakdown by stimulating angiogenesis, (the formation of new blood vessels) and the production of collagen, which is essential for body tissue repairs.

For many of our patients five to ten treatments after surgery may be sufficient.

Contact Us For Further Information

For patients:

If you would like to discuss the potential benefits of HBOT, please call the unit on 020 8539 1222 to talk with one of our specialists. In most cases you will need a referral from your treating physician as the benefits of HBOT are maximised when it is delivered in a coordinated package of care with your physician.

For doctors:

To discuss urgent or emergency treatments, please call the duty doctor 24/7 on 07999 292 999. For elective referrals, please contact the unit on the number above and we will be happy to guide you through the referrals process.