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Hyperbaric Medical Unit (HMU)


The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) is the South Australian state referral service for diving and hyperbaric medicine. The RAH is the second oldest diving and hyperbaric facility in Australia commencing operation in 1985 and has since developed an international reputation in the field. 

We operate a routine Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment from Monday to Saturday, 8am until 4.30pm, and are available on call for emergency treatments 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We have a hyperbaric oxygen treatment facility with a state-of-the-art triple lock recompression chamber with capacity to treat up to 20 patients across two compartments.

Our Hyperbaric Medicine Unit team is made up of specially-trained medical, nursing and technical staff who provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for critical care patients through to paediatric patients.

Key conditions treated include:

  • Dysbaric  (bubble) Injury
  • Acute ischaemic conditions
  • Infective conditions
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Problem non-healing wounds
  • Toxic gas poisoning
  • Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit is a centre of excellence and serves not only as a treatment centre for South Australia, but as the control centre for the Divers Emergency Service telephone which provides support to diving activities in the Pacific and South East Asian regions

Outpatient clinics

Outpatient clinics are also run, offering Dive Medicals for recreational, commercial and occupational divers.

COVID-19 Information

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