More hospitals reach full capacity for COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo

More hospitals have announced reaching full capacity to respond to more coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

In a statement posted on Tuesday (March 24), Makati Medical Center said they can no longer extend their services to patients suspected of having COVID-19.

“While at the Emergency Department, we will try to give you preliminary evaluation and treatment, but we cannot guarantee a room for your admission,” their post reads.

“We will exert every effort to find you another healthcare facility of your choice [or ours].”

The Medical City also announced on Monday (March 23) they already exceeded their capacity.

“Our frontline healthcare workforce is already overstretched as 137 of them are in quarantine. Unless we move the new patients to other hospitals, our healthcare delivery system is going to break down,” their statement reads.

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St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City and in Global City are no longer capable of accepting COVID-19 patients for confinement.

“Both hospitals have exceeded maximum capacity and admitting more COVID-19 patients will seriously impact our ability to deliver the critical level of care and attention patient needs at this time,” according to their statement.

St. Luke’s, however, said they can still “provide outpatient COVID-19 testing for patients who will qualify based on the stringent criteria set by the Department of Health (DOH).”-AAC

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