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Two COVID-19 Facilities Already at Full Capacity

St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) and Makati Medical Center (MMC) COVID-19 facilities have reached full capacity and can no longer accept critically ill COVID-19 patients.

In a statement, St Luke’s Medical Center said it’s hospitals in Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City had already reached “full capacity of allocated COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) beds as of July 13.”

“In this regard, we request the public to consider bringing critically ill COVID-19 suspects to alternative hospitals so they will receive the immediate and utmost care,” SLMC said.

St. Luke’s Hospital President and CEO Dr. Art Dela Peña told CNN Philippines’ News.PH that while they have already allocated more ICU beds for COVID-19 patients, it was not enough to keep up with the recent rise in the number of patients seeking medical attention.

“At the Global City, we have 32 regular ICU beds — 18 assigned for COVID-19 and 14 for non-COVID-19. And before I left the hospital this afternoon, 16 beds for COVID-19 patients were already occupied, but we still have five patients in the emergency room that need ICU admission,” he added.

SLMC, however, said that its hospitals remain open to accommodate non-coronavirus patients.

Makati Medical Center also released a statement on Monday, July, saying that its ICU bed utilization and manpower for COVID-19 patients have reached full capacity.

“The COVID-19 zones of MMC, both the regular wards and the Critical Care Units, and especially the Emergency Room, are now full,” MMC said.

MMC assured the safety and well-being of admitted non-coronavirus patients as the hospital manages its workflow for COVID-19 patients.

The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) said it had also reached the “danger zone” of its designated bed capacity for COVID-19 patients, which means that more than 70 percent of its COVID-19 dedicated beds and ventilators are already being used.

“We humbly request the public and other health care facilities to refer their critically ill, probable, or suspected COVID-19 patients to other health care facilities for immediate care and management,” the NKTI said.

It also said that despite continuous efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of employees, it still recorded a significant increase in the number of infection rates among health care workers in the last two weeks.

“Emergency staff shall continue to acutely manage only renal emergency cases and post kidney transplant patients.” according to NKTI.

“Non-COVID and non-pneumonia patients may be seen at the Outpatient Services (OPS) and be admitted accordingly,” the NKTI added.