SSS Network / Khao Lak Evacuation Center and Clinic
Facility is located in Phang Nga province, approximately
1.5 hours by road north of Phuket. In December 2004, the Khao Lak Evacuation Center opened
its doors in conjunction with the partnership of the Phuket
International Hospital (PIH), to the local dive community.
Facility Set up
As this region grew into the "Gateway to the Andaman", the need for a rapid and professional response to diving accidents became apparent. Serving the Similan and Surin Islands,Richelieu rock as well as local wrecks and lake diving. We serve as more than just and evacuation facility. Education, training and community outreach are part of our services.
As part of the tsunami recovery process we are also taking part in community redevelopment through basic medical training, safety oversight for projects and donations of services and equipment.
We take our commitment to Khao Lak seriously. With safety and caring as our priority we can say that this will once again become the premier dive region in Thailand.
If you are visiting Khao Lak, please come by and visit. Call during business hours and we'll chat and have a cup of tea!
We delight in giving informative chamber tours at our Andaman treatment center in Phuket, however we do ask that you contact us during normal business hoursby phone to arrange an appropriate time to ensure the privacy of any patient treatments that are being conducted.
The SSS Network/Khao Lak Evacuation Center
operates 24 hours a day, for rapid response to all emergency calls. Our staff is a team of skilled professionals with training and experience in emergency response, hyperbaric medicine,evacuations, remote location medicine and triage. With many duties and skills, our main objective is rapid and safe response to diving accidents.
During the low season, May to September, we operate directly from our Phuket office.
staff have been internationally trained and received certifications
by leading organizations for Diving and
Hyperbaric Medicine. Some of these include the Diving and
Disease Research Center (DDRC) in the UK, the Royal Adelaide
Hospital in Australia, the National Board of Diving and
Hyperbaric Medical Technology (NBDHMT), the Undersea & Hyperbaric
Medicine Society (UHMS), and the Divers Alert Network (DAN).
The clinic is a member of the international SSS Network, a global
hyperbaric medicine provider, but owned and operated by Hyperbaric
Services of Thailand, (HST).
primary aim of the Khao Lak Evacuation Center is to provide an in-depth assesment of
patients who have suspected decompression illness (DCI) or other dive related injuries. If needed, we provide transport for further evaluation to the
Phuket multiplace recompression chamber, or the Phuket International Hospital.
This is the first and only service of it's kind for the
area. As well as providing these services, substantial
time and effort is invested into the education and training
of the local professional divers in subjects such as
Dive Accident Prevention and Management, Oxygen Provision, Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
and General Dive Safety.
We even offer a Tender Operator program (TOP) to dive professionalsinterested in expanding their medical knowledge.
Much effort is also expanded in training the local dive community in Dive safety, raising awareness of signs and symptoms of potential DCI and basic first aid.
These Dive Operators have made a strong
commitment to diving safety in the Andaman Sea up to the Burma diving area. If you are planning to travel
to any of these areas, please visit their web sites and
learn a bit more about them. A brief description of the diving
in each region will also be found.
The Dive Operators are listed below in alphabetical order, by
region. (N.A. means a web site or email address was unavailable
at time of publishing).