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By Gloria Jones

Celebrating 40 years of medical services with fair and affordable prices Pattaya International Hospital has captured the hearts of both Thais and Expats alike.

When you first walk into the hospital reception at Pattaya International from either beach road entrance Soi 4 or via 2nd Road Pattaya, it is pleasing to see that despite its bright clean and airy appearance there is not the usual clinical “hospital look” to the place. Perhaps it’s because of the welcome inclusion of the garden umbrellas or the rather charming way that Thai and Western influences are mixed ? Either way the whole experience is far more welcoming and dare I say “less scarey” than most hospital entrances,

Also the charming reception staff are on hand ready with welcoming smiles and reassuring efficiency,an ethos that can be found with every member of hospital staff from the very top down. There is generally a friendly “We Care” feel to the place as from its humble beginnings this now thoroughly modern medical facility started as the brainchild of a Doctor father and a Scottish doctor mother who met and fell in love when they were medical students at Edinburgh University. Today it is their son Dr Sunya Viravaidya who is the Chairman, CEO and guiding force of the hospital, leading very much as he does by example,

Dr. Sunya Viravaidya MB.BS.was one of the very first Asians admitted to the Faculty of Medicine at Melbourne University where after graduating in 1970 he won a gold medal along the way before returning to Thailand for residency training in the Department of Medicine, Ramathibodi University Hospital Bangkok, Thailand.

Since then he has been appointed Honorary Consul of Sweden by His Majesty King Carl Gustav who in 2014 honored him with the Polar Star officer 1st class medal, has been an advisor to the Royal Projects of His Majesty King Rama IX and also an honorary member of the pre-cadet class III Royal Military Academy.

Despite all these accolades and plaudits, when you sit and talk to Dr Sunya what is essentially apparent is that you are talking to a Doctor.and a doctor who still has a passion for keeping up to date with all the latest medical advances. In fact he has extended this unceasing update of knowledge and skill to his entire staff giving regular tests to ensure the continuous upgrading of patient care. He even goes so far as to educate the patients as to the nature of their condition and what they can do to help themselves after leaving the hospital

From 1974 when he first came to Pattaya against the advice of friends and colleagues first establishing the Pattaya International Clinic that grew into an eighty bed hospital, Dr Sunya’s objective has been to provide a continually developing high level of medicine. He has scant regard for hospital MDs who concentrate more on accountancy and profitability than patient care. At Pattaya International this is certainly not the case and any profits are ploughed back into the hospital and the acquiring of the very latest, advanced, medical technology.

At The Pattaya International Hospital …….They really do care !