Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 12-06-2017

Ramsey & District PROBUS Club - July Newsletter

by Bryan Waddington

The May lunch was attended by 32 members, by two members' guests, and by our Speaker, Dean Cooke, who was very kindly and ably standing in for his colleague, David Downey, who had been our advertised Speaker until he found it necessary to withdraw in order to fulfil other commitments.  Dean is Assistant Technician at the Isle of Man Hyperbaric Medicine Facility and the subject of his talk was “The Hyperbaric Chamber. The facility, operated by the Kevin Gray Memorial Trust, was opened during 1984 following the donation of a chamber after the death of local commercial diver, Kevin Gray. It is situated in the Scholl Building at the Fire Headquarters in Peel Road, Douglas but it is hoped to move it to a new facility at Nobles Hospital. The running costs of the facility are approx. £460,000 pa and it currently carries out 15,000 treatment sessions per year using a 25 person chamber which can treat 250 patients per day.

The facility provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy for divers, for patients suffering from crush injuries such as those suffered by TT riders, and for patients suffering with chronic medical conditions such as strokes and MS. In order to use the facility, a patient must be referred by their GP unless one is a diver when one can self refer.

Dean answered members' questions and everyone left the meeting being much better informed about the facilities provided by the charity.


1. Visit to Tynwald Chamber on Monday June 12th at 2.30 pm. Our visiting party has now increased to 37 members and partners. They should all have received joining details, either by collecting them during our May lunch meeting or by receiving a recent E-mail. If, for some reason, a member of the visiting party has not received the afore – mentioned details, he should ring John Christal on 812565.

2.           Visit to Bushy's Brewery on Friday  August 18th (?) pm. Please contact our Secretary by E-mail ( if you would like to join that visit. Seven members (plus partners) put their names forward for that visit during the May lunch. More details will follow in due course.

OUR JUNE LUNCH will be held on Wednesday 21st June 2017 at the Ramsey Golf Club which will be open  from 12.30 pm for a 1 pm start. Our guest speaker will be Bob Kermeen  and his  topic will be  “Queen Soraya “. This will be the fourth consecutive year that we will have the opportunity to hear one of Bob's well researched talks.

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