Malungkot ang public advisory na inilabas ng dalawang malalaki at pribadong ospital sa Metro Manila—ang The Medical City sa Pasig City at ang St. Luke’s Medical Center na may branches sa Quezon City at Bonifacio Global City.
Simula ngayong araw, March 24, hindi na tatanggap ng COVID-19 patients for confinement ang malungkot na balita ng St. Luke’s Medical Center management.
Bukod sa lumampas na raw sila sa maximum capacity, kailangan daw nilang protektahan ang mga pasyenteng may ibang karamdaman.
Pahayag ng St. Luke's Medical Center: "We would like to inform you that as of today, March 24, St. Luke’s Medical Center- Quezon City and Global City are, regrettably, no longer capable of accepting COVID-19 patients for confinement.
"Both hospitals have already exceeded maximum capacity and admitting more COVID-19 patients will seriously impact our ability to deliver the critical level of care and attention patients need at this time.We are also treating non-covid patients on other floors in which their health conditions cannot be compromised.
"While it is our desire to extend quality healthcare to every patient that needs our help, we can only do so much at this point.
"As of the moment, in both hospitals, we are already caring for 48 patients confirmed to be afflicted with the virus, 139 patients under investigation (PUI) and 592 of our very own frontline workers who are on quarantine.
"For the meantime, we will still provide outpatient COVID-19 testing for patients who will qualify based on the stringent criteria set by the Department of Health.
"We send the collected specimen for testing to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM). The RITM will then release the result to SLMC once it becomes available.
"Our Emergency Rooms will continue to accommodate patients for outpatient medical services 24/7.
"Given the situation, we urge everyone to practice personal preventive measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
"Please help us flatten the curve by staying at home. Protecting ourselves means protecting the health of our loved-ones as well.”
Tulad ng St. Luke’s Medical Center sa Quezon City at Bonifacio Global City, inamin ng pamunuan ng The Medical City kahapon, March 23, na lampas na rin sa kapasidad ang bilang ng mga COVID-19 patients na ginagamot sa naturang ospital.
Ito ang dahilan kaya hindi na nila maibibigay ang mga inaasahang pangangalaga sa mga apektado ng pandemic.
Nakasaad sa pahayag nila: "Today, we have 64 PUI’s and 18 COVID-19 + cases admitted in our ICU and floors.
"We have 11 patients in our Emergency Department waiting for rooms, 6 are already on mechanical ventilators and 5 are in critical condition.
"Clearly, we already have exceeded our capacity.
"Our frontline healthcare workforce is already overstretched as 137 of them are in quarantine.
"Unless we are able to move the new patients to other hospitals, our healthcare delivery system is going to break down.
"We are in constant communication with other Pasig City hospitals; They too, are at full capacity, based on their workforce and facilities equipment.
"We do not wish at all to turn you away, but the reality is that we can no longer provide your loved ones the care that they need.
"Your own initiative to look for other hospitals is appreciated.
"We thank you for your support and cooperation."