Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Trust launches online resource
11 February 2010
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Trust, a not-for-profit,
international organisation, has launched a website as a global resource
on hyperbaric oxygen treatment for the public and medical professionals.
The resource was created by Castle Craig Hospital, one of Europe's
leading rehabilitation clinics.
Researchers from Edinburgh University are already studying the effect
of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) on alcoholic liver disease and
stem cell mobilisation at Castle Craig Hospital in the Scottish Borders
and the new website is now gathering international research on the
subject for a global audience.
Divers suffering from 'the bends' have long been treated in
pressurised oxygen chambers and medical staff at Castle Craig are using
similar treatments to promote healing, particularly in liver and brain
The new website gives a full overview of hyperbaric oxygen treatment
(HBOT) which sees patients breathing 100% oxygen at elevated pressure to
help aid cancer treatment and boost healing for disorders ranging from
cardiovascular disease to MRSA and brain injuries including post
traumatic stress disorder.
It also provides the latest news and research from around the globe
on the treatment, and aims to become the first port of call for medics
and interested researchers to find out about developments in the field.
Castle Craig Hospital Chairman Peter McCann, founded the HBOTT and
commissioned Channel 6 to create the website as a resource for the
public and medical professionals. He said: "HBOT is a new type of
therapy offered at Castle Craig — our own research is still in the early
stages and, as far as I am aware, no other clinics or hospitals treating
addictions in the UK are offering this treatment. The HBOTT is a
not-for-profit organisation which aims to become a definitive online
resource on HBOT for the public and medical professionals and we seek to
promote further research into the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“There are many medical professionals out there who don’t know about
HBOT though increasingly doctors are looking at the research and growing
number of case studies and realising its potential. It would take people
a long time to trawl the internet for this amount of information
themselves and so we decided to set up a website where people can find
all the information they need in one place.”
Victoria McCann, communications manager for the HBOTT, said: “We
needed a website where patients and medical professionals could easily
access news articles, research and guidance on the treatment, and we are
very pleased with what Channel 6 has delivered to us. We will be using
the website to update information on an ongoing basis to make sure the
newest research on HBOT is accessible to all.”
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment
Patients spend on average 60 minutes at a time in the chamber during
the painless and relaxing treatment, which allows ten times the normal
amount of oxygen to be dissolved in the bloodstream. The oxygen boost
can help white blood cells kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows
new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into damaged tissue.
Patients at Castle Craig are using the treatment to ease alcohol and
drug withdrawal symptoms, and University of Edinburgh researchers aim to
discover if HBOT increases stem cell production and thus speeds their
recovery from liver disease. The hyperbaric chamber is also being used
by members of the public wishing to aid recovery from disorders ranging
from brain cell damage to healing wounds and elementary symptoms of
For more information on the Hyperbaric Treatment Trust please visit