By The Nation
The cannabis oil clinic was formally opened at 9am in the presence of Phitsanulok chief public health officer Dr Piya Sirilak, Dr Wisit Sathianwanthanee, deputy director of the hospital, and the clinic’s Dr Kanoknan Inthaptim.
The Buddhachinaraj hospital is among 12 hospitals around the country to be given the green light to open cannabis oil clinics in a pilot project. The clinic is located on the ground floor of the outpatient building of the hospital.
Several people dropped by to enquire about the regulations for the prescription of cannabis oil.
Piya said the Buddhachinaraj hospital was selected as one of 12 hospitals with a cannabis oil clinic because its personnel have received training. He said the first lot of 315 bottles of the oil had already been delivered to the hospital and the hospital has prepared guidelines for administering the oil.
Piya said patients could not ask for the oil right away but they must first see doctors who will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to prescribe it for them.
Kanoknan stressed that patients must consult a doctor who would give a diagnosis and decide whether the oil is suited to their needs. She added that patients with chronic epilepsy that cannot be effectively treated with medicine, with nausea caused by chemotherapy, with severe neural symptoms, with degenerative nerve diseases, under palliative care and patients in the last stage of cancer would be eligible for the oil.
The clinic is open Wednesday and Friday morning from 8.30 to noon.