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Oliver Firth

Oliver Firth
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Dr Oliver Firth has gained considerable experience in the field of diving and hyperbaric medicine since joining LDC in 2006. He is an Approved Medicial Examiner of Divers for the UK HSE, and a medicial referee for the UK Sport Diving Medical Committee. He is involved in the management of all types of diving-related illness, including recompression treatment, as well as providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy for non-diving conditions. He remains a passionate diver and has participated in various expeditions and conservation projects throughout the globe.
Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can yoga help with gas consumption? And can you have an allergic reaction to the cold?

Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can yoga help with gas consumption? And can you have...

Q: I’m getting fed up with my dive club making jokes about how bad my gas consumption is. I admit I’m not the slimmest...
Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Is it safe to scuba dive if you suffer from ME?

Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Is it safe to scuba dive if you suffer from...

Q: Hi there, I am an avid diver and I have been diagnosed with ME. As little is known about ME I need to...
Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you dive after using Sudafed?

Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you dive after using Sudafed?

Q: I have just returned from a trip to Mexico, where one of our group had some sinus congestion at the beginning of the...
Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you dive with childhood asthma?

Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you dive with childhood asthma?

Q: My ten-year old daughter Lucy has asthma, which she’s had since birth. In her first few winters it was quite severe and she...
Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you go hang-gliding after a dive?

Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you go hang-gliding after a dive?

Q: I’ve been diving for 30-odd years and was a smoker until five years ago (I’m now 48). Unfortunately I think I left giving...
Scuba Diver Q&A: Can orbital floor fractures and eye floaters stop you from diving?

Scuba Diver Q&A: Can orbital floor fractures and eye floaters stop you from diving?

Q: I have suffered an orbital floor fracture whilst playing rugby. My doctor has instructed me not to blow my nose due to subcutaneous...
Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you scuba dive after gastric band surgery?

Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you scuba dive after gastric band surgery?

Q: I had weight loss surgery a few years ago. The procedure I had was called gastric bypass. Ironically I sold my dive gear...
Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Is it safe to scuba dive if you suffer from panic attacks?

Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Is it safe to scuba dive if you suffer from...

Q: I’ve been stationed out in Vietnam with work for a year, and while here I’ve been enjoying all the natural pursuits the country...
Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you scuba dive if you’re a blood donor or while taking beta blockers?

Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you scuba dive after giving blood or while taking...

Q: I am a regular blood donor and was wondering whether you could see any reasons I can’t dive? I really want to try...
Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you still scuba dive when on medication for atrial fibrillation

Scuba Diver Medical Q&A: Can you still scuba dive when on medication for atrial...

Q: Hello. I have been diving for 57 years, and I am an advanced diver and ex-instructor. I was recently diagnosed with atrial flutter...