Siriraj Hospital

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Siriraj Hospital
Siriraj Hospital emblem.jpg
Siriraj Hospital emblem
Geography
Location Bangkok, Thailand
Organisation
Care system National Health Insurance System
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University
Services
Beds 2,300
History
Founded 1888
Links
Website http://www.si.mahidol.ac.th/
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.

Description[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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.

Siriraj Hospital from Chao Phraya River

Museum[edit]

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 .

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Coordinates: 13°45′29″N 100°29′09″E / 13.757925°N 100.485849°E / 13.757925; 100.485849