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Suvarnabhumi » Samitivej Srinakarin to open first private medical centre at Suvarnabhumi

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

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Bumrungrad International Hospital last week opened a new airport service centre at Suvarnabhumi, while Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital is scheduled to open the first medical centre to be run by a private hospital at the airport next week.

Centrally located in section C of the arrival hall and next to the Tourism Authority of Thailand counter at the new Bangkok Airport, the Bumrungrad Airport Service Centre provides mainly information and ground support services for its inbound patients in a stylish, business-class lounge setting. The centre complements a long list of services the hospital currently offers international patients, which include on-site serviced apartments, visa extensions and interpreters.

Bumrungrad is one of a handful of local hospitals that rely heavily on patients from abroad. It treated an estimated 450,000 foreign patients in 2006, a rise from 400,000 a year earlier. If domestic patients are included, the hospital treated more than one million patients in 2006.

Medical tourism has been a boon to Thailand in recent years, attracting high-value tourists who tend to stay longer and spend more than the average leisure tourist.

Meanwhile, Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital is set to open its clinic on the third floor of the passenger terminal complex. It will mainly provide primary medical treatment, not only to foreign tourists but also staff of Airports of Thailand, and people working in and around the airport.

An ambulance service was also on 24-hour standby to transport critical patients from Suvarnabhumi to the hospital. Samitivej Srinakarin is part of the Bangkok Dusit Medical Services group.

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