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I wonder how many people remember HHH before they built the new building!
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Which 'new' building do you mean? They've built 4 or 5 new buildings while I've lived here together with a few satellite buildings - so vast is the recent development.

My first there was when my 18 y.o. granddaughter was born. Would that have been the building, or was there something before that?
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Before the current hospital there was a single story relatively small building. That has been completely demolished I believe.
The new hospital played a big part in Petcharat closing down their clinic here.
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This is a post from 2009 which I can relate to. My son had a motorbike accident in 2004 and neither San Paolo or HHH had facilities to help so was ambulanced to Petcharat.

I came here in 2000. I wish I could find a picture of what HHH looked like then.
This past Sunday, my 76 year old mother suffered a stroke. We were in Pranburi and the local small hospital called Hua Hin hospital, They sent an ambulance and within 5 min of arrival she was having a CT scan...At this point in time I thought we were in good hands...WOW....was I wrong, 6 hours later and after having the director of the hospital on the phone they had a doctor see my Mom.This doctor was so stupid that I thought I would have been better off bringing her to Pizza Hut for care, to make matters worse she administered a medication that caused another stroke, She then informed me that my mothers only hope was to be sent to Bangkok. We arrived in Bangkok at 4 am and the Doctors there were able to take care of her and give her the proper medication..Thankfuly she recovered and will soon head back to the States for surgerey.

What makes matters worse in this story is that 5 days prior the Thai formen who builds all of the homes in our development had an accident and broke his leg on the job site and had to undergo an operation at Hua Hin Hospital.....They had to transfer him as well since he had no doctor look after him and he develped an infection that was about to cost him his leg....

In both cases at two diffent hospitals the doctors and staff were blown away at the standard of care at the Hua Hin Hospital.

Idon't want any money for this botched care but I have contacted a lawyer so that some attention will be called to this hospital and maybe they will wake up.
We've a lot to be thankful for having the new hospital built. Today, I've nothing but praise for it.
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I have a few seriously negative things to say about the standard of nursing and auxiliary care at HHH but at least nowadays they have better doctors (in part thanks to BKK specialists attending some days) and some of the best 'machines that go ping!' (Monty Python). The SMC is testament to an improvement since those days.
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I don't say HHH is perfect, and part of the remaining areas for upgrading and the main Men and Ladies wards - they are horrible. However, I am confident, with everything else that has been going on at the hospital, so long as the money doesn't run out, then they will follow shortly.

Nursing care, yes it could be better, but most of Thailand's hospital care relies heavily on family support remaining with the patient 24/7 to do the basic tasks. However, that is not just HHH, it includes Bangkok Hospital and Petcharat Hospital. That is fairly normal for Thailand.
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404cameljockey wrote: Wed May 22, 2024 7:26 am I have a few seriously negative things to say about the standard of nursing and auxiliary care at HHH
Would agree with that observation from recent experiences with a friend who was unfortunate enough to end up on the men's ward at HHH following a stroke ... a field hospital in Mogadishu comes to mind.
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I can't disagree with either the current men's or ladies wards, and I hope I'm right that they have a plan to improve the situation.

One story during Covid, I had to rush my wife to hospital after the curfew had started - that was an experience in itself, but no traffic. She was settled into bed, hooked up up to a few machines and given her initial meds. Then the shock - they handed me the largest syringe I've ever seen, and told me in very broken English that I had to inject this into my wife (area for injection advised) at 4am. My reaction was sheer horror, but you do what you've got to do. Fortunately, she had a window bed, and I spent the rest of that night looking out of the window, amazed at Petchkasem Road with no vehicle activity for so long because of the curfew, waiting to administer the 4am needle.

Over the years, I've done many jobs at my wife's bedside that I'd always thought needed years of training, and trained nurses,
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I know it's generally considered a hospital mainly for poor Thai people, but they should pay high enough salaries to be able to employ nurses with at least passable English (semi-fluent at least by Thai standards) and able to treat patients with care and empathy. But maybe they don't want to have to listen to more patients who have enough character not to lie back and accept poor care, which poor lower class Thais will generally do in hospital as they believe they have no 'face'.

Ignorance of a patient's complaints allows them to act with arrogance and distain, including fast, savage and painful dressing changes of major wounds, and complete lack of empathy concerning a patient's dignity re state of dress (frail womens' breasts being left completely exposed as they walk away after their 'care'). I can only say that many of them are a complete disgrace to their profession. If a patient is sedated or otherwise incapacitated mentally they are left complete at the 'mercy' of these ward nurses. I think this is why Thais usually try to have a relative or friend at their bedside 24/7.

It's a hospital for emergency treatment only, IMO, with a transfer to a better hospital ASAP.

The SMC of course is better, and I believe some here including BB have had good experiences with outpatient treatments also, I'm talking about ward and AOH casualty department treatment, by clearly junior and/or staff trained to a very low level.
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My eldest granddaughter was a nurse at BH, but left for HHH because she could make more money, for less, and more sociable hours. Yes, the basic pay is better at BH, but there are other perks working at HHH that make it preferable.
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Big Boy wrote: Wed May 22, 2024 8:11 am Nursing care, yes it could be better, but most of Thailand's hospital care relies heavily on family support remaining with the patient 24/7 to do the basic tasks. However, that is not just HHH, it includes Bangkok Hospital and Petcharat Hospital. That is fairly normal for Thailand.
I have not found any need to perform nurses' duties at BKK Hospital at all, but have only experienced private room treatment, (although I'm sure all inpatient treatment in BKK is in private rooms?). My care and my wife's care in BKK Hospital found excellent nurses available 24/7, although they do ask 'do you have someone who can stay with you overnight?'. I agree that it's normal for family to stay overnight if possible in Thai hospitals, and in HHH it's pretty much essential.

BB, I understand that there are different types/grades of nurse in HHH, is your granddaughter one of the ones who wear a smart uniform with a starched white apron and cap, or are they staff training for higher positions? In the women's ward I found them competent at least in patient care, and empathetic, but there were few of them.
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My Granddaughter is a fully trained nurse, and finished 2nd in her year.
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She has also passed all of the exams external to the Uni, essential to become a fully qualified nurse.

During my time in both Petcharat and BH, the staff became very uneasy whenever a family member had to leave me alone in the room for any period. However, the level of nursing care at both hospital was far superior to HHH.

I was shocked at some of the jobs I was asked to do at HHH, but I was able to do most of it, and where I couldn't manage it, I simply asked a nurse to help - I never had a problem getting help. If nothing else, it helps break the monotony of sitting by the bed.
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BB, she's a credit to you.

When in HHH for my wife, I fell in love at least once a day with a crisp young nurse walking the ward. There's something very special about that uniform! I wouldn't act on it, but when I married God didn't pluck out my eyes. :D
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The description you gave sounds very similar to student nurses on detachment from Uni. They normally work very hard, and don't get one Baht for their efforts. My Granddaughter used to get assigned to some distant hospitals e.g. Samut Sakhon from Bangkok, and they had to make their own travel arrangements/pay for their own transport daily.

They are true heroes.
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Big Boy wrote: Wed May 22, 2024 12:29 pm They are true heroes.
They work hard and are very genteel and decorous. I also love the way the pinafore strap crosses over at the back. It's a perfect nurse uniform.
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