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Resource Directory - Hyperbaric Medicine Unit


The Townsville Hyperbaric Medicine Unit (HMU) is the only public facility in Queensland outside Brisbane. The chamber provides treatment with 100% per cent oxygen or other gas mixtures at selected pressures greater than atmospheric for the approved conditions below.

Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) treatment is indicated for the primary or adjunctive therapy of the following conditions:

  • Air embolism, including arterial gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Crush injuries, re-implanted appendages and re-profusion injuries
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas gangrene and non-clostridial necrotising fasciitis
  • Compromised flaps and grafts
  • Soft tissue radiation injuries
  • Refractory mycoses
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Selected problem wounds with evidence of Ischaemia
  • Synergistic gangrene
  • Osteoradionecrosis – Prophylaxis and or treatment
  • Acute retinal artery or vein occlusion (within 12 hours of onset)
  • Cystoid macular oedema

Some of these are encountered as emergencies and require immediate HMU consultation. Diving is a popular sport in North Queensland and a significant number of cases of decompression illness are referred to the HMU each year.

For patients presenting with unusual or unexplainable symptoms and a recent history of diving, a diagnosis of DCI should be considered.

Contact Details



The Hyperbaric Unit is located at the Western entrance on the ground floor of the

Acute Block opposite the Rehabilitation Unit and adjacent to the Emergency

Department. If in doubt, ask the volunteers for directions.

The Townsville Hospital, 100 Angus Smith Drive Douglas QLD 4814

Postal Address IMB 34, PO Box 670, Townsville QLD 4810

+61 7 4433 2080 or + 61 7 4433 2095

After Hours: + 61 7 4433 1111 (88 internal)

Facsimile + 61 7 4433 2081

Referral Process

For urgent cases the Director of Hyperbaric Medicine or the on call Hyperbaric Physician should be contacted by telephoning +61 7 4433 2080 or 2095 during hours or after hours on +61 7 4433 1111 (9 internal).

For elective treatment, a referral letter or the referral form in general use throughout the hospital should be completed and sent or faxed to the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit.

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Last updated: 27 June 2012