New ambulances 'to speed up medical services'
PHUKET: The Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation (OrBorJor) has rented 12 ambulances, to be stationed around the island to improve emergency response and also help local people get from home to hospital for treatment.
Tuesday 22 May 2012, 11:17AM
Two of the ambulances will be stationed at Karon, while the others will be handed over, one apiece, to Phuket City, Patong, Thepkrassattri, Srisoontorn and Wichit municipalities, and to Sakoo, Paklok, Thepkrassattri, Mai Khao and Kamala tambon administration organisations (OrBorTor).
In addition, the OrBorJor will provide medical and first aid training for ambulance staff.
The President of OrBorJor, Paiboon Upatising, said the ambulances were being funded from the budget set aside for the OrBorJor’s Phuket Care 2012 project.
As part of the project, the OrBorJor met with local communities and discovered that most local administrations had no funds to buy or rent ambulances.
As a result, getting patients from local communities to the main Phuket hospitals has been a slow process, usually involving contacting rescue services who then have to battle traffic to get to the patients.