Thanks to the recent changes in Scotland regarding holiday accommodation, it's now possible for some diving to resume in Orkney. I'm unsure what the other boats are doing, but Ben & Emily are welcoming their first customers tomorrow on MV Huskyan. Most people will know that there is a hyperbaric chamber in Stromness and Orkney Hyperbaric Trust have released the following information, which may be of interest... ------------------------- The Orkney Hyperbaric Trust (OHT) will not recompress any person who displays any symptoms or history suggestive of coronavirus infection. This policy has been put in place to protect OHT staff and to minimise the risk of transmission. It is also the case that recompressing a diver with abnormal respiratory function will potentially require higher level respiratory support ie. a category 1 chamber. There is evidence that respiratory function and gas exchange is abnormal after a Covid-19 infection. These divers are at higher risk of problems during a dive and should not be diving at all unless their respiratory function has been adequately assessed by a respiratory physician. WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF DCI? The OHT have asked us to stick to protocols for raising the hyperbaric team should we need help. Aboard your dive charter boat while at sea your skipper will do this for you via the coastguard. If you are ashore you should call the Balfour Hospital on 0044 (0) 1856 888000 and state diving emergency. All divers presenting to NHS Orkney and/or OHT will be assessed either by the paramedics in the ambulance or by the on-call diving Doctor. Any diver "self-presenting" will not be allowed into the OHT building until they have first been assessed by the on-call diving Doctor. Any diver presenting to the Stromness Doctors Surgery unannounced will not be seen without prior telephone assessment. This is the current policy for all patients in order to minimise the risk of cross infection. If a treatment is prescribed, procedures are in place at the OHT to protect all staff through the appropriate use of PPE, hand hygiene and social distancing. Patients will be asked to follow the same procedures, again to reduce the risk of transmission. It is possible that in some circumstances we may treat with surface oxygen rather than recompression - all divers presenting will be assessed and the risks to them and staff considered in planning treatment. AND ONE MORE THING......... Only the patient will be allowed access to the building, unless the presence of others is requested by the on-call doctor or OHT staff. It is unlikely that buddies or other members of the dive group will be allowed into the chamber building.