CMU transforms its dorm into Chiang Mai’s second field hospital, housing CMU students and staff infected with COVID-19

17 April 2021

Corporate Communication and Alumni Relations Center (CCARC)

Chiang Mai University has transformed Women’s Dormitory No. 5 into the second Chiang Mai Field Hospital with the capacity of 300 beds to provide 24 hours care for CMU students and staff infected with COVID-19.

Due to the rapid rise in cases in Chiang Mai, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital was unable to accommodate the increasing number of patients; therefore, CMU executives decided to transform Women’s Dormitory No. 5, which had recently been renovated and had not been open for residents, into Chiang Mai’s second field hospital and the cohort ward of the Faculty of Medicine, CMU. The purpose is to house CMU students and staff at a premise meeting the Department of Disease Control’s standards and reduce overcrowding at the main field hospital, thus delivering more efficient care to the patients.

Chiang Mai Field Hospital 2 (Female’s Dormitory No.5, CMU) has a capacity of 300 beds and the care is administered by a team of healthcare professionals from Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, CMU. It is divided into different units for maximum efficiency. The examination and screening unit uses a mobile health vehicle with the radiologic equipment for pulmonary examination. There are also an object screening unit, a food preparation unit, a nursing administration unit, and a dispensary. Patients preparing for admission can contact healthcare professionals via the Line Official Account, ‘Q & A with Suandok Doctors. Just as regular hospitals, this field hospital strictly follows the protocols in PPE use, disinfectant use and medical waste sorting.


Having arrived at the Field Hospital, patients must register themselves using the QR code to access the telemedicine service. They will also undergo an orientation on self-conduct during treatment. Necessaries provided for the patients include blankets, pillows and pillow-cases, shirts, trousers, body towels, facial towels, soap, toothpaste, food (3 meals a day), beverages, snacks, bags and garbage bags. On each floor, there is a refrigerator and a pantry for sharing food. Used clothes are put in a special bag that dissolves once put into a heat washing machine, to eliminate the need to manually open the garment bag which would pose the risk of infection. The team at the Hospital will keep a close observation via the telemedicine system and should the patients develop severe symptoms, they will be promptly transferred to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital.

For CMU students and staff who test positive for COVID-19, please fill in the COVID-19 Test Report Form at, and stay in self-quarantine at home and wait for the medical staff to contact you. If you experience shortness of breath, please call (+66)90-892-5623 or (+66)64-174-6183.
Moreover, the University offers an information and support service at (+66)82-097-3957, (+66)82-017-5724 and (+66)84-013-2624, or Facebook messaging and Line, and answers to frequently asked questions are provided on CMU’s official website.

CMU is prepared to provide quality care for its students and staff. It is hoped that everyone takes utmost precautions by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing hands regularly. Once the situation is resolved, rest assured that the Dorm will be disinfected. Please stay safe and know that we shall overcome this together.