BMA turns Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital into a field hospital with 509 beds

(January 15, 2021) Mrs. Silapasuai Rawisaengsun, Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), revealed about the establishment of field hospital under the BMA. As the current situation of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Thailand as well as in Bangkok had seen the high number of infected persons coupled with the active case findings conducted by the BMA, it is pivotal to have preparations in terms of healthcare facilities to deal with the outbreak. It is considered disease surveillance and control to prevent the spread of infection in local communities. Therefore, the BMA decided to establish a field hospital in the compound of Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital which will be used for the observation of patients with an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection or those with mild or moderate symptoms. The field hospital has primary health care and medical treatment system, infection control system to prevent the spread of disease to other people and communities, and referral system in case of symptoms changing or the patient is in need of emergency medical treatment. Buildings of Bang Khun Thian Geriatric Hospital are designated as the two areas for taking care of patients with 509 beds. The Ruean Klang Nam (an overwater house) can accommodate 56 patients and the 2nd – 6th floor of the inpatient ward, which is a building surrounded by water and located more than 8 meters away from local community, can accommodate 453 patients.

The Permanent Secretary for the BMA added that people living in neighboring communities and the general public can be assured of safety and security as the BMA field hospital is equipped with prevention and control system against community infection and transmission.

“The BMA is ready to facilitate all patients who came or are admitted to the BMA field hospital as well as the people residing in surrounding areas in all aspects to ensure that they will receive the safest and standardized medical services”, the Permanent Secretary said eventually.