MANILA, Philippines (July 13) – St. Luke’s Medical Center and Makati Medical Center on Monday both announced that their COVID-19 beds are now full.
In a statement St. Luke’s stated that both the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and the Quezon City branches can no longer accept COVID-19 patients.
Both leading hospitals admitted that their intensive care beds for the novel coronavirus are all currently occupied.
MMC said that the decision came after “thorough review of bed capacity [particularly the Critical Care Units], workforce availability, and supply of vital infection prevention equipment.”
Meanwhile, SLMC stated that “Quezon City (SLMC-QC) and Global City (SLMC-GC) have reached full capacity of allocated COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) beds as of today, July 13.”
“In this regard, we request the public to consider bringing critically ill COVID-19 suspects to alternative hospitals,” said St. Luke’s management.
It added, “We will keep everyone updated once we reopen admissions for COVID-19 ICU beds.”
On the other hand, MMC said, “The COVID-19 zones of MMC, both the regular wards and the Critical Care Units, and especially the Emergency Room, are now full.”
COVID-19 beds last full in March
This announcement is the second time hospitals have reached the patient cap. The last time this happened was in March, a week after the president declared an ECQ.
Back then, a group of private hospitals called on the government to centralize efforts on COVID-19 mitigation. They cited that current facilities are not sufficient to cater to patients.
They added that their medical frontliners were depleting. Medical practitioners were suffering from emotional and physical exhaustion. At the same time, some were quarantined or placed in intensive care units after acquiring the novel coronavirus.