There are plenty of hospitals and doctors with international standards on Phuket. The doctors have a good education and most of
them speak English and sometimes other languages like German. In the drugstores or pharmacies you can buy all kind of medication
without a prescription and mostly cheaper than in your home country. Pills are sold by piece not by pack. If you need special
medication it is advised to bring some with you.
General health advice:
- - For Phuket no inoculation for tropical diseases are necessary
- - Always use a sun blocker and don't stay to long in the sun - even when it's clouded the UV rays still can reach you.
- - Drink plenty of water - even when you are not thirsty - and put salt on your food to avoid dehydration.
- - Snake or scorpion bites are very rare but if you get bitten consult a doctor immediately.
- - If you got small cuts from reef rocks or motorbike accidents treat them with an antibiotic powder or cream to avoid infections
Diarrhea (from food poisoning) Generally it is safe in Thailand to eat and drink whatever you want (except tab water) However, you should be careful with:
- - Seafood when it is not cooled continuously especially oysters and crustaceans
- - Peeled fruits, salads, ice-cream when they are not cooled
- - Short-fried meat
- - Drinks when they are to cold
- Insect bites
Phuket has been free from malaria for decades. However, take general precautions against mosquito bites. After sunset,
stay in screened quarters or mosquito nets, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and apply mosquito repellents.
Those who develop fever within two weeks of entry should seek prompt medical examination and treatment.
- Jelly Fish
If you got sting by a jelly fish consult a doctor immediately for treatment.
- Bites from monkeys or dogs
Must be treated by a doctor with tetanus and rabies injections.
- Sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS
Urethritis remains the most common treatable sexually transmitted disease (STD) among tourists to Asia. Gonorrhea
from Southeast Asia is frequently multi-drug resistant. While syphilis become less common, HIV/AIDS is spreading
at worrisome speeds in most Asian countries, resulting mostly from unprotected sexual contacts. Promiscuous sex
anywhere can be dangerous. For travelers, local sex workers, either of explicit or concealed types, are potential
sources of STDs and HIV/Aids. All casual sex should be avoided or strictly protected with the use of condoms.
- Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever
These diseases are endemic in Southeast Asia. They are caused by dengue virus from the bite of aedes mosquito that
lives in the houses and their neighborhood. This mosquito bites during the day time- Dengue infection in local people,
mostly children, often results in fever with bleeding in the skin and other organs (dengue hemorrhagic fever)
which is sometime fatal; but for travelers from non-endemic areas, the infection usually manifests as fever with
rash in the skin, severe headache and muscle and pains (dengue fever), which is usually non-fatal. Dengue infection
is common in the rainy season (approximately May to September in Thailand) when aedes mosquito is abundant.
Travelers visiting local households or their vicinity, especially in the rainy season, should be using mosquito
repellent even in the day time. Ones who are ill with symptoms suspected of dengue infection should seek medical
consultation to establish the cause of the illness.
- Bangkok Phuket Hospital
- Mission Hospital
- Pat Sompot Hospital
- Patong-Kathu Hospital
- Phuket Adventist Hospital
- Phuket International Hospital
- Phuket Ruampat Hospital
- Phya Thai Phuket Hospital
- Siriroj Hospital
- Vachira Phuket Hospital
- 0 7625 4421-30
- 0 7623 7220-9
- 0 7621 4428
- 0 7634 0444
- 0 7621 2386
- 0 7624 9400
- 0 7621 2950
- 0 7625 2603-42
- 0 7621 0935
- 0 7621 7581