East of England Hyperbaric Chamber

East of England Hyperbaric Chamber – James Paget Hospital, Gt. Yarmouth

Further Information


Find out about the history of the East England Chamber.


Meet the team who run our East England Chamber.

Find Us

Find out how to find the East England Chamber.

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.

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.

BHA Class 1 Chambers

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 England Chamber

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.

Meet the Team

Our East England Diving Chamber is run by a great team of experienced, knowledgable and friendly staff.  Many of our Doctors, Medical, Admin and other Support Staff are also active divers.

Phil Sayers

BSc CHT Managing Director/Therapy Provider

Dr Pieter Bothma

Medical Director – Hyperbaric Physician and Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

Dr Andreas Brodbeck

Hyperbaric Physician and Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical care – Deputy Medical Director

Dr Karl Heinz Blenk

Consultant in Anaestheia & Intensive Care & Hyperbaric Physician

Dr Ayodele Obidey

Consultant in Anesthesia and Intensive Care

Dr Arnth Engel

Hyperbaric Physician and Consultant in Anaesthesia

Dr Duncan Peacock

A & E Consultant and Hyperbaric Physician

Dr Saravanavel Sagadai

Consultant in Anesthesia and Hyperbaric Physician

Dr Hazel Stuart

Hyperbaric Physician and Consultant in Anaesthesia – Deputy Medical Director JPUH

Neil Savage

Hyperbaric Supervisor

Karen Dear

ITU Nurse, Attendant and Operator

Bella Guirindola

Nurse Manager, ICU Sister, Hyperbaric Nurse and chamber operator

Jennevieve Soriano

ICT Sister, Hyperbaric Nurse and chamber operator

Helena Tedstone

Staff Nurse, Attendant and Operator

Trevor Turner


Phil Rotchford

Chamber supervisor

Find 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

FirstGroup Bus Map

Google Street 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: