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Thailand - Hospitals

Thailand has a good range of both public and private hospitals and the care given in each is considered to be of a very good standard. There are more than 1000 hospitals across Thailand and Bangkok along has 53 public hospitals, providing free healthcare for those who qualify. It is common for conditions which need to be treated with the latest technologies to be referred to private hospitals as they generally have the latest equipment.

Private hospitals include the Yanhee Hospital, which is located in Bangkok. This has 400 beds and deals with both in patients and outpatients. The Chaophya Hospital is a specialist hospital in the treatment and research of heart disease and patients are referred there from all over the region.

Also in Bangkok there is the Saint Louis Hospital which is a non-profit private hospital which can deal with a range of medical conditions. This was founded by a Roman Catholic Archbishop in the late 19th century and it expanded a great deal during the 1970s, continued to modernise throughout the 1980s and 90s. The main departments of the hospital are the cardiology centre, the dermatology centre, the gynaecology centre and the child development centre.

In addition to these there is the Bumrungrad Hospital which can be found in the centre of Bangkok. This is the largest private hospital in south east Asia. There are more than 30 speciality departments there and more than 500 beds. The hospital can take both inpatients and outpatients. The departments include intensive care and more than a million people are treated at the hospital each year. These include many expats who live both in Bangkok and other Asian countries. Many of the medical staff speaks good English.

In Phuket, the private hospitals include the Bangkok Hospital has a renowned dental department as well as a number of specialist departments such as cosmetic surgery and cardiology. The Mission Hospital in Phuket is another non-profit hospital which is run by the Seventh Day Adventists Church. Patients include both locals and medical tourists.

Private hospitals in Koh Samui include the Samui International Hospital which has a number of different departments including Paediatric, Orthopaedic and Gynaecology and is often ranked highly on the list of private Thai hospitals. In addition to this Samui has a good public hospital simply called the Samui hospital which has excellent facilities.

Thailand also has a number of good teaching hospitals including the Naresuan University Hospital at Phitsanulok in the northern region of the country. This hospital is one of the main providers of medical care in the region. The hospital was established in 1994 and is now one of the main faculties of the local university. As a result the hospital is equipped with the latest technologies.

In the city of Hat Yai in the Songkhla Province the Hatyai Hospital is one of the main facilities. It is run by the Ministry of Public Health and patients from clinics all over the area are referred there for a variety of treatments. The hospital has only 640 beds and is usually full due to demand. The hospital has various different departments and is also a teaching hospital for the local university.

Many of the public hospitals have an emergency department and unless the case is an emergency most will not take patients that have not been referred by a doctor. In rural areas doctor’s clinics are often held in the same place as the local hospital and there are some GPs in cities that have their practice on the premises of a hospital. In some remote areas it may be necessary to travel for an hour or two to reach the nearest hospital. A good example of a rural hospital is the Damsai District hospital. Since 1987 the hospital has doubled the number of beds available to patients and there is more than 100 staff who work not only on patient care but healthcare initiatives within the region. For specialist cases, staff from other hospitals visit regularly so that patients do not need to travel.

As many doctors are trained in the west most of them have a good working knowledge of English although many nurses will not as the majority of these are trained within Thailand.

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