At some point or another, most of us have thought about what we would do if we got into an accident, or had a sudden health failure, or even worse. By definition, an emergency situation does not give us time to make arrangements while it’s happening, which is why it’s important to have an emergency plan already in place. 
If you don’t speak the local language, your best bet is to contact the emergency contact number of your nearest international hospital. The key is to eliminate or shorten your points of contact so you get help as quickly as possible, so get to a doctor right away and then you can let the hospital know that you prefer to be moved elsewhere, such as Bumrungrad, if you prefer. But most importantly, just get to your nearest hospital. 
Bumrungrad Hospital has a 24-hour Emergency Ambulance service that connects to English-speaking medical professionals. Just dial 02 011 5222 for assistance. 
Emergency Services Telephone
Tourist Police 1155 
Police (General Emergency) 191
Ambulance and Rescue 1554
Fire Brigade 199
National Disaster Warning Center 1860
Crime 1195
Narenthon EMS Center (Nationwide) 1669
Erawan EMS Center (Bangkok area) 1646
Bumrungrad Hospital Ambulance 02 011 5222
Private Air Ambulance (Siam Air Care) 02 586 7654


One of the biggest problems that face foreigners in an emergency situation is the issue of blood transfusions. It is recommended that you and an emergency contact know your blood type in the event of an emergency. If you end up needing an emergency blood transfer, and your blood type is RH Negative, please note that this blood type is not common among Thai people and is therefore in very short supply. The National Blood Center does keep a supply of this blood type, and the Central Blood Register has a register of donors, in case an emergency blood donation is needed.  
  • The National Blood Center
Tel: 02 252 1601
  • Central Blood Register
Tel: 02 686 2700
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