Some of the frequently asked questions to Volunteers at B.H.O.C.
If you have a query other than mentioned below please Contact B.H.O.C. by Contacting Us by email or Phone.
Q: How can I apply for treatment ?
A: You need to complete our application form (this can be downloaded from our Applications page, alternatively, please ring us and we shall post you a form). Please ensure that the GP´s letter is signed by your GP. Once that is done, you can give us a call to make a booking.
Q: Where in Bandon is B.H.O.C. situated ?
A: B.H.O.C.is located at the rear entrance to Bandon Town Hall – overlooking Bandon River.
Q: How long does a session take ?
A: A session or dive takes 1 hour and 20 minutes. There are also sessions of 20minutes and 1 hour, depending on the age, and circumstances of the patient.
Q: How many sessions will I need to get the benefit of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
A: When you ring us to make an appointment, we will carry out an assessment with our doctor in Hyperbaric Medicine to advise the most beneficial procedure tailor made for you.
Q: How much does treatment cost ?
A: The cost of treatment has been kept as low as possible and starts at €20 per person per dive / session. The cost for sessions / dives undertaken by Sports Persons is €40. A full explanation as to funding and fundraising available here.
Q: When is the chamber open ?
A: B.H.O.C. runs 2 or more sessions on at least 4 mornings per week. We also open in the evenings, so you are advised to call in advance to make sure of exact opening times as they can vary depending on patient´s needs, and demand for the facility.
Q: What does one wear in the chamber ?
A: Normal / Ordinary attire.
Q: Can I use my body warmer ?
A: No, to assist with your comfort, we can supply a blanket.
Q: How does one occupy their time in the chamber ?
A: Reading material can be brought in with the patient.
Q: Can people with a head cold use the chamber ?
A: NO, as treatment can be uncomfortable to the ears.
Q: What about M.S. sufferers !, What treatment is set out ?
A: Typical, 20 sessions followed by a weekly top up session.
Q: Can a patient have more than one session a day ?
A: YES, but it is recommended to have one hour rest period between sessions.
Q: What other facilities are at the centre ?
A: Toilet Facility, Waiting Room, Tea / Coffee Facility.
Q: How does one occupy their time in the chamber?
A: Reading material can be brought into the chamber, however you cannot bring anything with batteries in (e.g. iPads, iPods, MP3 players, mobile phones, etc.).
Q: Can I bring in my hearing aid ?
A: Unfortunately due to the nature of the raised pressure and oxygen levels in the chamber, you cannot bring in your hearing aid, this must be removed
Q: What if I can’t make the regular hours due to school / family / work commitments ?
A: Just give us a call and we can organize a suitable appointment time for your treatment session even if it is outside the usual opening hours.