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 (Thai: โรงพยาบาลศิริราช; rtgsRong Phayaban Sirirat) 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[citation needed] and busiest medical centers[citation needed] in Southeast 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. Thanks 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.

Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti the grandson of King Bhumibol and the son of Thai crown prince, Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, was also born here.

Siriraj was the residence of the King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej, from September 2009 to August 2013. He entered the hospital for treatment of a respiratory condition. In October 2014 King Bhumibol had gall bladder surgery at Siriraj.[1] He died there on 13 October 2016.[2]

Siriraj Hospital from Chao Phraya River

Museum[edit]

The hospital 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 during the 2004 tsunami that devastated the Andaman coastline 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, 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 includes history of the Bangkok-noi area where the museum and the hospital are sited.

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