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New director for Patong Hospital

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PATONG, PHUKET: Dr Taweesak Netwong, the long-serving director of the government-run Patong Hospital, has been transferred to serve as the director of Takua Thung Hospital in Phang Nga, effective from May 19.

Dr Taweesak will swap positions with Dr Phumin Silaphan, currently the director of the 30-bed government hospital in Takua Thung district, just over the Sarasin Bridge from Phuket.

Dr Taweesak said he is unhappy with his new post.

“I have many projects to develop and improve Patong Hospital, but I have been unable to launch them,” he told the Gazette.

Dr Taweesak served at Patong Hospital for more than 10 years, during which time the facility expanded from just 10 in-patient beds to a 60-bed facility offering a wide range of treatment facilities and services – including a “medical spa”.

However, his efforts to transform the hospital’s management structure to better serve the unique needs of Patong have proved fruitless, most notably his proposal to operate the hospital as a public organization like Banphaeo Hospital in Samut Sakorn province.

Dr Taweesak blamed official regulations and political problems for the failure, which he said eventually affected staff morale.

The low point of his tenure came last year when a number of doctors and other staff at the hospital began to resign in what became a downward spiral that left the hospital without a single full-time doctor – apart from Dr Taweesak – from September 2008.

Dr Taweesak also tendered his resignation at the time, but it was not accepted by Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr Prat Boonyawongvirot.

Patong Hospital has since been operating with a skeleton staff of doctors on loan from other government-run facilities.

Despite the doctor shortage, the hospital has no lack of patients. At night, the facility sees a steady stream of road accident victims, many of them foreigners operating rented motorcycles under the influence of alcohol.

Last September, Kathu Police Superintendent Grissak Songmoonnark said more than half of the motorbike accidents in Patong involved unlicensed foreign motorcyclists.

Most serious cases are transferred to the better equipped Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket City or, in the case of foreigners, to privately run hospitals like Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Phuket International Hospital or Mission Hospital.

— Kamol Pirat



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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