Siriraj Hospital emblem
|Care system||National Health Insurance System|
|Affiliated university||Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University|
|Lists||Hospitals in Thailand|
Siriraj Hospital is the oldest and largest hospital in Thailand, located in Bangkok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, opposite Thammasat University's Tha Phrachan campus. It is the primary teaching hospital of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.
With a capacity of more than 2,000 beds and more than one million outpatient visits per year, Siriraj is one of the largest and busiest medical centers in South East Asia. The medical school accepts about 250 medical students and more than 100 for postgraduate residency training each year. Siriraj is the largest public hospital in Thailand. Due to its excellent reputation, its tertiary care unit is the referral center for all hospitals in Thailand.
The hospital was founded by King Chulalongkorn in 1888, two years after a worldwide cholera outbreak. It is named after the king's 18-month old son, Prince Siriraj Kakuttaphan, who had died from dysentery a year before the opening of the hospital. The medical school was established two years later in 1890.
Siriraj has been the residence of the King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, since the 82 year old monarch was admitted in September 2009, for treatment of a respiratory condition.
The hospital also houses the Siriraj Medical Museum, which is open to the public. The museum contains six separate permanent exhibits and includes a temporary exhibit. The permanent exhibits include sections on anatomy, pathology, congenital disorders, toxicology, techniques of Thai traditional medicine, and forensic pathology. In 2008, the temporary exhibit featured the role of Siriraj Hospital faculty during the 2004 tsunami that devastated the coasts of Thailand and other countries . The latest museum is Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum which is opened in early 2013. The museum is housed in the renovated vintage architecture of the old Bangkok Noi train station, located next to Siriraj’s newly-opened private subsidiary Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital. The museum exhibits history of medicine in Thailand from traditional medicine to modern and include history of Bangkok-noi area where the museum and the hospital are placed.
- Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University Website
- Ramathibodi Hospital Faculty of Medicine, the younger sister medical school of Mahidol University