People with multiple sclerosis can look forward to big improvements in their therapy thanks to a new hyperbaric chamber being installed at a Dundee centre today.
Breathing oxygen under pressure has also been found to help alleviate some symptoms of cerebral palsy and ME.
Until now visitors to the Tayside MS Therapy Centre in Peddie Street have been using a five-seat chamber, which often meant it was hard to schedule sessions at peak periods.
Its replacement can take eight people at a time and also has better access for people in wheelchairs.
The street had to be closed to through-traffic as a crane was brought in to remove the old chamber through the roof and install the new one.
Centre chairman Colin Armour said that, apart from a few problems while clearing a gapin the roof, the operation was going well.
Once the chamber is in place, it will be tested and staff trained in its use. The first session for users is expected to be on Tuesday morning.
It will take five to 10 minutes for the chamber to reach the required pressure and users then breathe oxygen for one hour.
The whole operation is costing £50,000 and Mr Armour said he and his colleagues were very grateful for a bequest from a former member which had greatly helped the fund-raising process.
The old hyperbaric chamber will not be going waste. It will be sent
to a therapy centre in Cork, Ireland.
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