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Phuket gains new emergency medical centre in Chalong

PHUKET: As promised, the Accident and Emergency Department of the yet-to-be-built Chalong Hospital will open on Monday (Dec 28), ready to stabilise and provide emergency medical treatment to patients before having them transferred to better-equipped hospitals.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Saturday 26 December 2015, 05:08PM

The A&E unit, located at the site of the Chalong Health Centre across from HomePro on Chao Fa West Rd, will be operated by the Phuket Public Health Office and its Director, Dr Bancha Khakong.

Chalong Mayor Samran Jindaphol has confirmed to The Phuket News that the official opening ceremony of the A&E Department will held at 9am.

“The A&E will be open to patients 24 hours from 9am on Monday,” said one doctor who has been stationed at the A&E Unit, but who asked not to be publicly named.

“This is so it we can provide emergency medical treatment all throughout the Seven Days of Danger,” he added.

The Seven Days of Danger national road-safety campaign will begin at midnight (0000 hours) on Tuesday (Dec 29) and conclude at midnight (2400 hours) on January 4.

“After that, it will be open from 8:30am until 8:30pm seven days a week,” the doctor added.

The A&E will be staffed by medical professionals, doctors and nurses from the Patong, Thalang and Vachira Phuket government hospitals

“It will have modern emergency equipment and services like Vachira Hospital (in Phuket Town) and will handle patients in all sorts of medical need, except for surgery.

“If patients need surgery, they will be transferred to Vachira,” confirmed the doctor.

The opening of the A&E will come little more than a week after work began on installing the roadside drains as Phase I of the Chalong underpass roadworks starts. (See story here.)

It also delivers a promise by Chalong Mayor Samran and Phuket Vice Governor Khajornkiet Rakpanichmane made at a meeting at Chalong Municipality offices in October. (See story here.)



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