Kvarner newsletter / no 10

Hyperbaric chamber – a valuable contribution to health tourism

After as many as four years of extraordinarily demanding preparations, the Thalassotherapia Crikvenica, a special clinic for rehabilitation, recently acquired the region's first hyperbaric medicine polyclinic. This happened in the same year that this health institution celebrates its 60th anniversary, now offering the people of Kvarner and their guests new hyperbaric and aesthetic treatments.

The Department of Hyperbaric Medicine within the Thalassotherapia Institute covers an area of ca. 200 square metres. Hyperbaric chamber will be used to treat various diseases and conditions in surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, internal medicine, otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology, for urgent cases etc. In addition to using it for medical purposes and facial and body treatments, the hyperbaric chamber will definitely provide a better safety to divers. There are more than 40 diving clubs on Kvarner, therefore it can be assumed that the possibility of using hyperbaric chamber will add to the attractiveness of diving tourism in the area. 
The beginning and the initial development of tourism in Crikvenica – which celebrates its 120th anniversary this year – had to do with health tourism. Due to its beneficial climate, Crikvenica became a favourite destination of European aristocracy as early as the end of the 19th century. Approximately at the same time, the today's Hotel Therapia included a hydropathic institute equipped to the latest standards in physiotherapy of the time. This was the golden age of tourism in Crikvenica, which at the time had two new bathing places, a new school, an organisation that took care of the area's horticulture, and also a Health Commission whose main task was to foster health tourism.    
Today's Thalassotherapia is the result of a fusion of the former Primorka children's convalescent home (founded in 1848), the Primorka Institute for Thalassotherapy (1960), and the Institute for thalassotherapy of ear, throat and nose diseases. In 1967, they all merged into the Hospital for healing and rehabilitation of respiratory organs, which was located at today's location and changed its name into Special hospital for medicinal rehabilitation in 1995. Due to its expert personnel and modern equipment, the hospital played a very important role in the prevention and treatment of various diseases. Today, this marked-oriented institute continues offering top-quality medical services to its patients from Croatia and abroad.