Australian Embassy
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Km 4, Thadeua Road, Watnak (P.O. Box 292)

Medical Information - Clinic

Medical Services in Laos

Australian Embassy Clinic 

The Australian Embassy Clinic is located at the:

Australian Embassy
Thadeua Road
Kilometre  4
Phone number: +856 [0] 21353840
Clinic Hours: 8.30-12.30 and 13.30-17.00 Monday to Friday.
*There is no after hours service.

All Australians traveling in Laos are urged to take out appropriate travel insurance including evacuation insurance.

Medical care in Laos, including Vientiane is extremely basic. Facilities in rural areas are often non existent. Serious cases should be referred directly to suitable hospitals in Thailand. The Ambulance services in Laos are ill equipped and may not always be available to respond to Emergencies.

The Australian Embassy in Vientiane operates a Family General Practice clinic located on Thadeua Road within the Embassy building itself. The Embassy Clinic is similar to many General Practices in Australia and is one of only six clinics that The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has established in Asia and the Pacific. The Primary role of the Clinic is to provide medical services for the Australian Embassy staff and their families. The clinic has a small pharmacy and pathology department.

Australian Citizens who require medical attention are able to access the clinic on a fee for service basis during office hours. The clinic is staffed by one doctor and a part time nurse and therefore is not open after hours or on weekends. It is not equipped or staffed to provide in-patient services. Australian Citizens travelling in Laos are urged to prepare contingency plans should they require medical services out of hours and once again are strongly encouraged to have travel insurance.

Reciprocal arrangements with other Embassies mean that citizens from other countries also use the clinic but Australian Citizens will have preference. The clinic doctor also undertakes prison visits and hospital rounds, and maintains working relationships with local health providers, the Lao Ministry of Health and other expatriate doctors in the region. This role is important in providing the Australian Government with information that can assist it in contingency planning for situations such as SARS, Avian Flu and other natural or man made disasters.

It is important that Australian Citizens are aware of the role and functions of the clinic, which has limited resources and operates in a challenging environment. In particular the clinic has to balance its role as a provider of clinical services to patients, with other important obligations, such as consular and contingency planning.

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