Phuket, 25 February 2016 – Representatives of Amari Phuket, Richard Marco, Hotel Manager (second from right),
PPAO Hospital Director Maj Gen – Dr. Thana Pukahut recently led a team of doctors, nurses and hospital staff to take part in a fire safety training course and evacuation rehearsal organized as part of the hospital’s fire safety protection for its staff and patients. The training course follows the rules laid down by Ministry of Interior in 1991 regarding fire prevention and extinguishing procedures in workplaces, which stipulate that employers must make sure that no less than 20% of their employees undergo fire evacuation rehearsals at least once a year. The basic training course, which covers both theory and practical skills such as efficient use of fire equipment at the first sign of incidence, basic extinguishing procedures, and fast and systematic evacuation from the building, will equip staff with life-long skill not only at workplaces but also at home and the community.
Dr. Narongrit said “Bangkok Hospital Phuket has now been open for over 18 years, and we are now ready to open a new hospital which will be located on Chaofah West Road, Muang, Phuket, opposite Phuket Villa Chaofah. We plan to open the hospital early in 2014 in order to better serve patients who are suffering from uncomplicated diseases and illnesses, and the medical costs will be reasonable.
“The service standards will be similar to those offered at Bangkok Hospital Phuket, but the costs will be at least 30% less because the new hospital is a medium-sized hospital and the management costs of the buildings, tools, medical personnel etc will be considerably lower.
“The new hospital will use a budget of around 600 million baht investment, and its 2 buildings will be located on a 10 rai plot of land. It will be a 100-bed hospital but it will be able to handle between 200 – 400 patients per day. The hospital will be able to deal with general illnesses including digestive & liver, ear throat and nose, bones & joints, obstetrics & gynecology. It will also feature a children’s clinic.”
Having recently had to take my partner to hospital for what at the time appeared to be quite a serious illness I’m glad to be able to advise you that there is a great alternative option for those who are not in a position to pay for one of the private hospitals located here on the island or are concerned about the waiting time at one of the unfortunately often overcrowded government run hospitals such as Vachira, located in Phuket Town.
As my partner is not registered in Phuket and we have no medical insurance for her, we were advised by a friend of to visit the Phuket Provincial Hospital (PPH).
Prior to PPH being established it was often the case that Phuket’s government run hospitals did not have enough nurses to provide the patients with quality medical treatment, that patients with severe medical diagnosis had to wait long periods of time to receive treatment ,and some patients did not receive care due to a lack of beds being available. Therefore, PPH, located in the Taladyai District of Phuket Town, PPH was built to ensure that the public health sector in Phuket is provided with satisfactory high medical standards, efficient services, and most importantly to solve the medical problems suffered by the people of Phuket. It officially opened its doors on May 31st, 2011.
To ensure that this happens, PPH joined together with an outsourcing company, Thonburi Hospital Public Company Limited, which has over 33 years experience in Hospital Administration and is responsible for managing 19 Hospitals nationwide.
Today, PPH is a secondary care public treatment facility which offers the community a less expensive alternative to the often expensive Private Health Care, yet they provide the same quality of service as both the other government run and private hospitals here on the island.
The hospital itself is 10 stories high and can currently accommodate up 129 in-patients, which can be increased to 190 if required, and it is capable of treating up to 300 patients per day. It offers cutting-edge diagnostics which are not often found in a community public hospital.
I have to admit that after hearing some stories from others who had had to receive treatment from other government run hospitals, although not being overly shocking, I was slightly apprehensive about taking my partner to PPH. However, for the moment we arrived at the hospital, through to her being diagnosed and given her medication, the system and the quality of treatment she recieved were second to none. The hospital is clean and not over crowded the staff friendly and polite and the icing on the cake is that the cost is only a fraction of what you would likely to pay anywhere else.
Phuket Provincial Hospital
18, 20 Anupatphuketkan Rd., Taladyai, Muang, Phuket 83000 Thailand
Telphone 076-358888 Hotline 1131