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Hospitals in Hat Yai

Introduction

If you have a medical or dental problem, Hat Yai is a very good place to be as there is a big emphasis on healthcare. In terms of education, the Prince of Songkla University has highly respected medical, dental, nursing, pharmaceutical science, traditional Thai medicine and veterinary faculties. There are also a couple of independent nurse training establishments elsewhere in town and a nursing college in nearby Songkhla.

There are hundreds of pharmacies, and a host of small medical and dental clinics in the town. There are two public hospitals, four private hospitals and some military hospitals.

Where do you go if you have a problem? If anything, you are a little spoilt for choice and consequently it can be a little confusing. Here's a very quick overview.

Public hospitals are where the majority of Thais go for their free healthcare and they are extremely busy places. The doctors and nurses do a good job, but they are overworked. You can wait all day to see a doctor for five minutes - I know this from experience.

Public hospitals are heavily subsidised or free for Thais. Foreigners are charged, but the fees aren't generally expensive. As a foreigner you will need to register. The staff will probably speak Thai and all the documents you need to complete will be in Thai. If your Thai skills aren't very good and you don't have a Thai person to help you the process might be a little daunting.

If you are admitted to a public hospital the wards are basic and normally full. At Hat Yai hospital I always see a lot of people on stretchers in the corridors.

Private hospitals such as the Bangkok Hat Yai Hospital are quite different. As you walk in it looks like a five star hotel and attractive girls are employed to greet you. Registration is never a problem because there will be lots of people to help, some of whom speak English.

The private hospitals only have private rooms, not wards, and you will be very comfortable. Private hospitals employ full-time doctors, but they also have a lot of doctors from public hospitals who work part-time. Everything is easier for foreigners and more upmarket, but the healthcare is basically the same.

A stay in a private hospital can be quite expensive. Most patients who attend private hospitals are fairly wealthy or have medical insurance.

Not everything about private hospitals is better than public hospitals. For example, the Prince of Songkla Hospital has better laboratory facilities and Hat Yai Hospital has the best Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the south of Thailand.

Salaries are low in Thailand, even for doctors, and many doctors run private clinics that open in the evening and at weekends. You receive the same healthcare from the same doctor whether he or she is working at a hospital or a private clinic.

Seeing a doctor at a private clinic is a lot cheaper than seeing the same doctor at a private hospital and you don't have to wait as long compared to a public hospital.

For my own and my family's healthcare I use a combination of public hospitals, private hospitals (I have medical insurance) and clinics.

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Hospital Listings

I have listed Dental Clinics, Beauty Clinics and Medical Clinics separately.

If you have been treated at one of the hospitals listed on this page, please consider providing some patient feedback.

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Bangkok Hat Yai Hospital

The Bangkok hospital in Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 75 Soi 15 Phetkasem, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Telephone: +66 (0)74 272800
Web Site: Bangkok Hospital Hat Yai
E-mail: ContactBhh@bgh.co.th
Map: Map 2

Latitude: N 07° 01' 00.5" (N 07° 01.008')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 59.6" (E 100° 28.993')

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Comments: As you walk in, you will think you are entering a five star hotel and you will be greeted by one of the many attractive greeters the hospital employs.

You won't have to wait and everything will be taken care of for you, including your hospital registration. If you need to be admitted, you will be taken to a separate department where you can view and choose the kind of private room you wish to stay in.

Private hospitals want foreign patients and the staff will speak English. It is a completely hassle-free experience, but it comes at a price. Compared to the West, the cost will be a lot cheaper but it is expensive by Thai standards.

The individual tests in the health check packages are too many to list here. More expensive packages obviously include more tests. These prices were obtained in March 2012.

  • Freshy (up to 35 years old): Bt2,600 (normally Bt4,500)
  • VIP Working (age 35 - 45 men): Bt5,200 (normally Bt9,500)
  • VIP Working (age 35 - 45 women): Bt7,900 (normally Bt13,500)
  • VIP Golden (age 45 - 50 men): Bt10,900 (normally Bt19,800)
  • VIP Golden (age 45 - 50 women): Bt13,600 (normally Bt23,800)
  • Premium (age over 50 men): Bt25,500 (normally Bt36,300)
  • Premium (age over 50 women): Bt28,200 (normally Bt40,300)

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Rajyindee Hospital

Rajyindee hospital in Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 119 Rajyindee Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Map: Map 4
Telephone: +66 (0)74 200200
Web Site: Rajyindee Hospital

Latitude: N 07° 00' 05.9" (N 07° 00.098')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 48.7" (E 100° 28.812')

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Comments: Cheaper and not quite as plush as the Bangkok Hat Yai hospital, but I've always found the service excellent and I've actually had better treatment here than at the other private hospitals. For this reason, Rajyindee is my own personal preference among the private hospitals in Hat Yai.

Here are the prices for their health checks. To find out what is included in each check, you need to contact the hospital directly.

  • P1 Basic Health Check Up (age up to 30): Bt900 (normally Bt1,780)
  • P2 Standard Health Check Up (age 30 - 40): Bt1,500 (normally Bt2,680)
  • P3 Quality Health Check Up (age 40 - 50): Bt2,100 (normally Bt3,880)
  • P4 Executive Health Check Up (over 50): Bt3,100 (normally Bt5,280)
  • P5 Platinum Health Check Up (men over 60): Bt4,400 (normally Bt7,340)
  • P6 Platinum Health Check Up (women over 60): Bt4,700 (normally Bt7,850)

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Sikarin Hospital

Sikarin hospital in Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: 169 Niphatsongkhro 1 Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Map: Map 1
Telephone: +66 (0)74 366966
Fax: +66 (0)74 366955
E-mail: sikarin@loxinfo.co.th

Latitude: N 07° 01' 24.3" (N 07° 01.405')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 14.4" (E 100° 28.241')

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Comments: Similar to Rajyindee hospital but I prefer Rajyindee. Sikarin Hospital offers a range of health checks. The individual checks are too extensive to list here, but the more expensive the package, the more checks. These prices were obtained in March 2012.

  • Basic: Bt900 (normally Bt1,600)
  • General: Bt2,300 (normally Bt3,400)
  • Special: Bt3,400 (normally Bt4,800)
  • Platinum (men): Bt4,700 (normally Bt7,350)
  • Platinum (women): Bt5,400 (normally Bt8,000)
  • VIP Gold (men): Bt7,300 (normally Bt10,600)
  • VIP Gold (women): Bt8,200 (normally Bt12,250)

They also offer a pre-marriage check where they do some basic checks and blood tests and specifically test for HIV.

  • Pre-marital (men): Bt2,000 (normally Bt2,500)
  • Pre-marital (women): Bt2,400 (normally Bt3,000)

Specific tests can be included individually if they aren't included in the package - at an additional cost, of course.

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Friendship Unity Hospital

Friendship Unity hospital in Hat Yai - Click for larger image

Address: Saeng Sri Road, Soi 8, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Map: Map 2
Telephone: +66 (0)74 352900-3
Web Site: Friendship Unity Hospital

Latitude: N 07° 00' 34.0" (N 07° 00.566')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 30.4" (E 100° 28.506')

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Comments: The private hospitals listed above are characterised by their plush interiors and pretty nurses and reception staff who seem to have been selected for their looks rather than their ability. These places are also relatively expensive for Thailand.

This hospital is private but it looks just like a Thai public hospital. I've listed it as the Friendship Unity Hospital, but I can guarantee that the locals won't know what you are talking about if you use this term.

The official name is Mitra-paap-saamuk-kee Hospital but Thais tend to refer to temples and other places by nicknames rather than official names. Colloquially, it is known as Siang-Teung hospital.

They can treat most things and there is also a dentist hospital and children's clinic. There is also a 24 hour emergency facility. It is just like a small public hospital, apart from the fact it is private.

This is where my son was born. My wife was looked after an obstetrician called Dr Suwit at his private clinic. This hospital is where he works full time and therefore this is where the delivery was carried out.

As I write (March 2014) there is a new wing being built at Siang-Teung and when it is finished it will be a huge improvement.

This hospital also offers a variety of health check programs to suit individual requirements and budgets. You can see that prices are a lot lower than the fancy private hospitals.

  • Program 1: Bt550 (normally Bt650)
  • Program 2: Bt1,050 (normally Bt1,330)
  • Program 3 (men): Bt2,400 (normally Bt2,800)
  • Program 3 (women): Bt2,100 (normally Bt2,500)
  • Heart program: Bt2,900 (normally Bt3,550)

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Hat Yai Hospital

Hat Yai Hospital - Click for larger image

Address: 182 Rattakarn Road, Soi 8, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Map: Map 1
Telephone: +66 (0)74 273100

Latitude: N 07° 01' 00.3" (N 07° 01.005')

Longitude: E 100° 28' 02.0" (E 100° 28.033')

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Comments: Hat Yai Hospital, near the fresh market, is another public hospital. It is located in a very 'Third World' area of Hat Yai and one correspondent referred to it as a 'zoo'. I went there a few times to get paperwork for my daughter's free medical care and it was a zoo. However, what you see on the outside in Thailand is never the whole story.

Our second child was born with pneumonia and transferred to Hat Yai Hospital. At first I was disappointed with this decision because my opinion of this hospital wasn't good. I was therefore surprised and very pleased to find that Hat Yai Hospital has the best Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the south of Thailand. You would never guess this from looking at the hospital from the outside.

The NICU is a project of the HM the King's daughter-in-law and it is very impressive. It contains state-of-the-art equipment from the United States, Europe and Japan. The doctors and nurses working there are all specially trained to deal with new infants and the level of care is excellent.

Without access to this unit our son may not have survived. He is now fine and I therefore owe everyone involved at the hospital and the royal princess a huge debt of gratitude. Babies from all over the south Thailand who were born prematurely, or born with serious health issues, go to the NICU at Hat Yai Hospital.

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Prince Of Songkla Hospital

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Address: Kanchanawanit Road, Hat Yai, Songkhla, 90110
Map: Map 2
Telephone: +66 (0)74 455000

Latitude: N 07° 00' 29.0" (N 07° 00.484')

Longitude: E 100° 29' 46.3" (E 100° 29.771')

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Comments: The Prince of Songkla hospital is a university hospital and has an excellent reputation. People from all over the south of Thailand come here for treatment. It is referred to locally as PSU or Mor Or.

The hospital has access to the latest technology and lab facilities exist which don't exist at the private hospitals. It's a lot cheaper than the private hospitals but there are disadvantages. Thousands of Thais have treatment here and there is no special treatment for foreigners.

You will need to wait to see a doctor and you may have to wait for a long time. You won't be greeted by a pretty girl who holds your hand all through the registration process. You will need to do this yourself and if you don't speak or read any Thai the experience can be a little daunting.

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Clinics in Hat Yai Page 2

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Animal Hospitals and Vets

Dental Clinics in Hat Yai Page 1

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Get The Best Deal On Your Hat Yai Hotel Room

Listed opposite are some of my personal recommendations for hotels in Hat Yai based on budget. I have lived permanently in Hat Yai since 2003 and my recommendations are based on a lot of local knowledge.

Each link will take you to the relevant page on the Agoda website where you can see photos, read reviews, and book on-line. I use Agoda to book all of my own hotels in Thailand and the Southeast Asia region. Every time I research hotel prices the Agoda price is always the lowest and I have received good customer service, therefore I am happy to recommend the company to other people.

If you don't wish to pay for your hotel at the time of booking, Booking.com normally allows you to pay when you check in at the hotel. Some people prefer this method, but I have always found Booking.com to be more expensive than Agoda.

If you want to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined. However, you will normally find that Agoda is the cheapest and therefore you can save yourself time and money by just booking through Agoda in the first place.

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