Air force set to open hospital in stadium

Air force set to open hospital in stadium

A 100-bed field hospital at Thupatemi Stadium will open today to take care of Covid-19 patients with moderate symptoms.

Air force commander-in-chief ACM Airbull Suttiwan and Dr Poramaporn Prasarttong-Osoth, president of Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS), inspected facilities at the stadium yesterday.

The Royal Thai Air force has made the stadium available and will provide security and ambulances for the hospital, while Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) was in charge of converting the stadium, setting up hospital systems and providing medical equipment and staff to run it.

The Vejdusit Foundation, Viriyah Insurance, SCG, True Corporation, Linde (Thailand), Medic Pharmaceutical and Win Bridge were throwing additional support behind the field hospital.

The hospital has been approved by the Ministry of Public Health's Department of Health Service Support and can admit up to 100 patients showing moderate symptoms to help take the pressure off normal hospitals struggling to cope with more seriously ill patients, officials said.

The hospital is projected to be open for two months and will take patients from Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital a military hospital operated by the Directorate of Medical Services.

If a patient's symptoms worsen, they will be taken to BDMS hospitals, they said.

The BDMS is also using five "health robots" to deliver food and drugs to the patients to reduce transmission risks to health workers who will monitor patients via video link to avoid close contact with them, they said.

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