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Thailand(Air Force), Kingdom of

Capital: BangkokArea: 513 . 115 km2Population: 66 . 785 . 000Official Language: Thai

Surgeon General
Sakda Sutjarittam MD
Air Marshal

171 Paholyothin Road, Klongthanon, Saimai
Bangkok 10220
THAILAND

Basic Task of the Military Medical Service
• Planning, staffing, organizing and evaluating RTAF medical
operation.
• Research and development in RTAF medical science.
• Medical services in military medicine, general medicine,
preventive medicine and prevention of NBC warfare.
• Medical personnel training.
• Medical logistic.
• Knowledge management in RTAF medicine.

Structure
Directorate of Medical Service is directly under command of
RTAF Chief Commander.
10 Wing Hospitals with 30–50 beds
(directly under RTAF command).
3 Independent squadron medical units.
9 Air defence medical support units.
8 Telecommunication relay center medical units.
1 Special support centre medical unit.

Photo Photo Headquarters of RTAF Medical Service Photo Royal Thai Air Force Hospital Klumket


Military Hospitals (examples)
10 Hospitals


1. Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital, Bangkok
• 705 beds with 800 beds full capacity.
• Departments: OPD, medicine, surgery, orthopedic, obstetrics
and gynecology, pediatric, pathology, ophthalmology,
ear-nose throat, radiology, dentist nursing, pharmacy,
anesthesiology, blood bank, rehabilitation, medical education,
cardiac center, respiratory unit, nutritional unit and
infectious control unit.
2. Chantarubakesa Hospital, Nakodn Pathom
• 350 beds with 500 beds full capacity.
• Departments: medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology,
OPD, aviation medicine, preventive medicine, anesthesiology,
radiology, pathology, eye ear-nose throat,
pediatrics, pharmacy, dentistry, orthopedics, rehabilitation
and nursing.

Institutes
Institute of Aviation Medicine

Task:
• Planning, staffing, organizing and evaluating RTAF aviation
medicine.
• Research and development on aviation medicine.
• Licensing of pilots.
• Medical services for pilot and flight personnel.
• Logistic on aviation medicine.
• Medical air evacuation.
Location: 171 Paholyothin road, Klongthanon, Saimai,
Bangkok 10220.
Departments: Technical Division, Pilot Health Control, Flight
Safety, Aviation Pathology, Air Evacuation Center OPD
service only.

Preventiv Medicine Division, Bangkok
• OPD service only.
• Departments: health sanitary, clinical pathology, public
health, infectious control, health promotion and veterinary.

Number of Medical Service Personnel
Qualified Physicians ......................................................349
Qualified Dentists............................................................36
Pharmacists ....................................................................47
Assisting/nursing Personnel .......................................2 168

Training
• Training for medical services officers in Bhumibol Adulyadej
hospital.
• Residency training in 17 subspecialty including general
surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedics, internal medicine,
obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric, aviation medicine,
neurosurgery, family medicine, emergency medicine, critical
care medicine, nephrology, cardiology, gastroenterology,
gynecologic oncology, neonatology and perinatology,
traumatic surgery.
• Training for assisting/nursing in RTAF nursing college.

Field Deployments
• 20 Fields Units (directly under RTAF deployed unit).
• Wing hospital or RTAF medical unit is responsible for the
area around RTAF air bases.
• Medical air evacuation center, institute of aviation medicine
is responsible for air evacuation upon request from
air command control center, RTAF.
• Equipment.
• Protected Transport Vehicle of the medical services for
ground transportation.
• C-130 for an evacuation air-craft.
• Experience of active deployment with medical service of
other nation.
• East Timor in 2004.
• Iraq in 2005.

Civil-Military Cooperation
• Integration of the military medical services in the civilian
healthcare system.
• Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital affilation with Chulalongkorn
University for medical student graduate training.
• Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital under medical council of
Thailand for postgraduate medical residency training.
• Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital and Chantarubeksa Hospital
involve in civilian health care system and social security system.
• RTAF hospitals involve in the universal coverage project.
• Institute of aviation medicine trained several aviation
medcine course for civilian airline personnel.