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Off to a field hospital? Here’s what to pack

Maya Taylor



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A Thai netizen has posted a useful list of “must pack” items for anyone being admitted to a field hospital for Covid-19 treatment. As concerns rise that the rapid rise in infections may lead to a shortage of hospital beds, officials are planning a number of field hospitals, some of which have already opened. A total of 10 field hospitals are planned for Bangkok, while a field hospital in Phuket, closed after discharging its last patient in May 2020, is now set to re-open.

With all that in mind, Nation Thailand reports that Facebook user Ratchasee Jitasa recommends 12 items patients should stick in their bag if being admitted to a field hospital. To be fair, most of these items would come in pretty useful in a regular hospital too:

1. Power strip
2. Personal items, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, towel, and hairdryer
3. Power bank
4. Wet wipes
5. Items to help relieve loneliness (??)
6. Pillow, blanket, and mattress
7. Eye mask
8. Food supplements, such as Vitamin C
9. Thermos bottle
10. Snacks
11. A set of clothes for when you’re discharged
12. A 14-day supply of underwear

Ratchasee also has some words of comfort for those worried about the whole field hospital “experience”.

“Staying at the field hospital is not as scary as everyone thinks, but some facilities may not meet the people’s demands.”

Thailand has a policy of mandatory hospitalisation for anyone who tests positive for Covid-19, even if asymptomatic or with only mild symptoms. Officials say they have no plans to change this, despite concerns about hospital bed shortages, insisting the policy enables them to control the spread of the virus more effectively than relying on people to self-isolate.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Sherlock lampun

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Ok ok ok I will just stay home. I will only go to hospital if I think I’m going to die. I will not get a test, should help keep the numbers low. Brilliant plan Thailand!

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    So why aren’t these 42 police in a field hospital, then, so that order, without exception is out the window then

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    What they have to take their own blankets and mattress?
    They are not supposed to be a third world country but they are.

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    “Here’s what to pack, tee hee!”

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    One thing I always take with me: earplugs.

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    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Ufff, no need bring a bed.
    14 days in the field hospital surrounded by other covid carriers, without access to anything except what you brought in your bag will surely help your health. Never ever get yourself a covid test in Thailand. Otherwise you will be sent to such a place even if you have no symptoms. Now is more clear why Thailand has so few cases while neighbor countries have a lot. Thailand covid miracle explained.

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    Simon Small

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    “So why aren’t these 42 police in a field hospital, then”

    Why would they be, @kc?

    They’re in the Police General Hospital, just down the road from where they work. The field hospitals are for when other hospitals are full.

    “What they have to take their own blankets and mattress?”

    No, @toby andrews, everything’s provided but probably not google translate which the Nation apparently needs. If you read the original facebook post (linked in the Nation article) he doesn’t say “pillow, blanket and mattress” as reported but a soft pillow in case you don’t like the hard one provided.

    Similarly a “thermos bottle” is a water heater in case you want to make a coffee, although he adds these are now provided in the field hospital in Chiang Mai where he said he enjoyed his stay.

    “Brilliant plan, Thailand!”

    That’s what the WHO think too, @Sherlock lampun, as they’ve said that mandatory supervised quarantine rather than un-checked self-quarantine is one of the reasons why countries like Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam have been able to control the virus while more liberal countries have failed.

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    James R

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 8:20 pm


    I didn’t know people in Thailand have to stay in hospital if they test positive and so that is another reason the numbers are so low in the press, I thought it was down to fixed reports as Thailand has carried on as though there is no virus over the last six months with restaurants, bars, shops etc all still open and crowded, when this happens in other countries the number of cases grow exponentially but not in Thailand which is illogical.

    So it is down to people staying away from the very few test sites Thailand has which causes the number of reported infected people to be low.

    I for instance had two tests before I had my vaccine here in the UK, you book a test online and can be tested within two hours, if positive you have to stay home for two weeks, if you become ill then you stay in hospital until well again.

    I know many others who have had voluntary tests as well.

    I only knew of the huge numbers of deaths and infections we had here in the UK due to the press, I did not see bodies laying in the street or hospitals so we would not know the true figures unless the press tells us, the same is true in Thailand.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:45 am

    @James R, if you think “Thailand has carried on as though there is no virus over the last six months” then you can’t have taken much notice of what’s happening here!

    Sure, shops, bars, restaurants and so on are still open (but with some restrictions) but the protections are from keeping the borders closed, mandatory testing of likely cases, and mandatory quarantine for anyone testing positive, as well as some occasional mandatory self-quarantine for cross-province travel, not from major national lockdowns.

    Thailand’s not the only country to have done so, successfully, as despite what you say other countries like New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam and recently Indonesia (Bali), and others, have done the same with no exponential increase in case numbers.

    You in the UK, and others, chose to do the opposite, keeping borders open and testing and quarantine voluntary, leading to mass extended lockdowns and hundreds of thousands of deaths. Different countries, different solutions, different results.

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    Simon Small

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:52 am

    “… the very few test sites Thailand has …”

    You don’t seem very well informed, @James R. Thailand has 250 government test sites, including many which are mobile and set up in hot spots within 12 hours of any outbreak, as well as private testing at most major private / international hospitals, and some hospitals also run mobile free testing sites.

    FWIW that’s more than the UK had for most of last year.

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    James R

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:22 pm


    “Sure, shops, bars, restaurants and so on are still open….”

    Exactly so you would have a surge in the numbers like everywhere else in the world where such poor restriction are happening.

    You mentioned other countries like New Zealand, true but they solved the problem by having very strict lock downs, shops , bars etc closed, Thailand is not doing any of this.

    It must be down to magic blood or false reporting, I wonder which one it is.

    Oh yes, 250 test sites, so not many then the UK has 500 plus it vaccinates 500,000 people per DAY.

    Plus if people are tested in Thailand and are then forced to stay in hospital most would not take a test.

    It is simple, just look at what is happening to other countries around the world with next to no lock down rules, don’t discard common logic just because you are in Thailand.

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    Simon Small

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Thailand isn’t the only country doing this, @James R, and tge other countries doing the same have the same results. Sorry, but it’s a waste of time replying to you as you refuse to accept any facts that don’t suit you.

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    James R

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Simon aka Issan John

    Well the numbers of cases in Thailand is rising exponentially at the moment, as expected.

    Let’s see what you say in two weeks time when there are even more cases, it will bet to a point where you hospitals are overflowing, well they are actually overflowing now as field hospitals are being built.

    How are are those facts?

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    Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    So if you test + at phuket airport for the rapid test, you’re allowed to go home to get your stuff?? and who has 14 day supply of underwear? Can’t think of a worse place for a normal healthy person to go than a space shared with sick people.

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