A BANGKOK Metropolitan Administration (BMA) team inspected a field hospital set up at 84th Anniversary Bang Bon Stadium in Bang Bon district today (April 12) with this having 200 beds for Covid patients and is part of a three-pronged strategy to increase hospital care in the capital, TV Channel 7 said.
BMA’s permanent secretary Mrs. Silpasuay Raweesangsoon said this field hospital, called “Erawan Hospital 1”, is for Covid patients who either have no symptoms or very minor ones, or the so-called green patients, for close primary care.
Of BMA’s other two field hospital moves, one is to expand capacity of some hospitals in Bangkok and turn them into semi-field ones. An example is Bang Khun Thian Hospital for the Elderly which can be expanded to accommodate 500 patients.
The other move is to prepare hotels to accommodate patients, or hospitel, with BMA in the process of contacting hotels in the capital that would become part of the city’s hospital network.
“We are currently preparing in many areas, such as providing accommodation, mattresses, pillows, food, and drinking water, which are supported by the private sector. This includes medical personnel from Luang Phor Taweesak Chutinataro Uthit Hospital to take care of the patients.
“Other facilities too are being prepared such as security and this will be completed today as it is expected that we have to start accepting patients from tomorrow.
“We are also accelerating to make other field hospitals as complete as possible,” she said.
The Erawan Hospital 1 field hospital will be opening tomorrow. Photos: TV Channel 7