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Phuket city hall auditorium being converted into field hospital if Covid-19 cases spike

By The Nation

 

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Dr Chalermpong Sukhonthaphon, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital

 

Phuket is preparing to convert an auditorium in city hall into a field hospital should the new coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis be raised to phase three level.

 

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee said that currently the total Covid-19 cases in both government and private hospitals throughout the province was 34, consisting of 13 infected people with six new cases, of whom two have fully recovered and 23 people were awaiting test results.

 

Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana said the committee has held discussions on handling increasing number of cases and preparations to tackle the third phase of the epidemic. The committee proposed three places to be improved as a field hospital.

 

“The committee appointed Vachira Phuket Hospital to consider the suitability of three places -- the 4,000-seat gymnasium at Saphan Hin Sports Centre, an auditorium in New Phuket City Hall, and the auditorium in Phuket Rajabhat University,” he said.

 

Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital Dr Chalermpong Sukhonthaphon said that the auditorium in New Phuket City Hall would be the most suitable.

 

“Initially, the hospital team will improve the auditorium’s ground floor on Monday (March 23) to accommodate about 50 beds. If that is not enough, more beds can be added on the second floor,” he said.

 

“The 4,000-seat gymnasium is not very suitable because it is a stuffy area, while the auditorium in Phuket Rajabhat University has flooring with carpet, which is not suitable for medical operations.”

 

He added that the field hospital is being prepared in case the government and private hospitals are not able to cope with new patients and suspected cases which tend to be on the rise.

 

“Currently, there are approximately 80 beds for this group of patients, but if hospitals cannot support, it is necessary to use a field hospital,” he added.

 

“Infected people have to receive treatment at hospitals until they fully recover and the test results are negative before allowing them to go home.”

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30384649

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-03-23

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My wife was in the Amphur this afternoon, collecting some paperwork.   She was told she was lucky as in the next 2 or 3 days the Amphur is going to close for all business except for the registering of births and deaths.

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1 hour ago, pagallim said:

in the next 2 or 3 days the Amphur is going to close for all business except for the registering of births and deaths.

Are they expecting to be busy then?

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9 minutes ago, Phuketshrew said:

Are they expecting to be busy then?

Think it's more to do with the perennial large crowds that are there every day, though you might be right.

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4 hours ago, Phuketshrew said:

Are they expecting to be busy then?

Guessing deaths up 400% now before isolation, 

Births up 200% in 9 months after isolation

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How about finishing Chalong Hospital?

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New Phuket Provincial Hall convention hall to become COVID-19 ‘field hospital’

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

 

 

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The convention hall at the new Phuket Provincial Hall will be converted into a ‘field hospital’ for COVID-19 coronavirus patients. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

 

PHUKET: The convention hall at the new Phuket Provincial Hall, the one completed building at the site on the south side of Phuket Town, will be converted into a “field hospital” for COVID-19 coronavirus patients, the Phuket Governor has announced.

 

At least 100 beds along with the required medical equipment will be installed in the building, which so far has served as the venue for only a handful of government meetings.

 

The ground-floor level, which can accommodate 40 beds, will be used initially to treat COVID-19 patients who do not have serious symptoms, Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana explained.

 

Full story: https://www.thephuketnews.com/new-phuket-provincial-hall-convention-hall-to-become-covid-19-field-hospital-75411.php

 

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-- © Copyright Phuket News 2020-03-24

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

New Phuket Provincial Hall convention hall to become COVID-19 ‘field hospital’

bung them all into one place - if you're not infected before going in you are going to get infected - no better than a cruise ship and we know what happens on those

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