BANGKOK – The Prime Minister has visited the first facility in Thailand to receive patients infected by COVID-19 at Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus. He also wanted to express his appreciation of hardworking medical staff who have been dedicating themselves to helping those infected, since the beginning of the health crisis.
General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, the prime minister visited medical staff at the Dluxx hotel in Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus that has been adapted into a temporary hospital or HOSPITEL. During the visit, the PM spoke of the hard work of the medical staff who are on duty around the clock, and thanked the university and people who used to live in the building for allowing it to be used as a hospital.
The temporary hospital or Hospitel has 308 beds and helps relieve the congestion in five other major hospitals. The hospitel has been receiving patients since 25th of March, specifically patients with mild symptoms who don’t need a respirator or ICU service. The hospitel is equipped with a security system, well-managed caretaking, medications, equipment and sufficient medical staff, as well as a medical robot that allows doctors to work at a safe distance from the patients.
However, should severe symptoms appear during the patients’ time in the hospitel, there is an emergency service team on standby to escort the patients to the ICU in 5 minutes; it is able to receive up to 60 patients with severe symptoms of the virus.
Patients who are to be located in Dluxxhospitel are escorted by an ambulance and immediately delivered to a secure room. With regular disinfection and cleaning, the facility is guaranteed to provide zero virus transmission.
Students and officers who previously lived in the hotel, were provided with new rooms to avoid anxiety.(NNT)