Metro Manila Hospitals Declare Full Capacity at COVID-19 Wards

From The Medical City to both branches of St. Luke's Medical Center.

(SPOT.ph) More hospitals in Metro Manila have maxed out their allocated beds for COVID-19 patients. Five hospitals—four at maximum capacity and one nearing the threshold—released official statements all in the past two days: The Medical City Ortigas, Makati Medical Center, St. Luke's Medical Center (both Quezon City and Global City branches), and the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Sta. Mesa, Manila have all declared full capacity for COVID-19 patients, while the National Kidney Transplant Institute in Quezon City stated they are in the "danger zone." 

The Medical City (TMC) Ortigas

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TMC Ortigas declared full capacity on July 14. "We cannot go beyond our capacity to take care of COVID-19 patients without posing serious risks to everyone," they stated in the advisory. The hospital is working with the Pasig City government to create a facility for moderate cases but asks critically ill COVID-19 patients to consider other institutions.

Makati Medical Center (MMC)

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The MMC also declared full capacity for COVID-19 patients on July 14. They note that the COVID-19 zones of the hospital, which includes the regular wards, critical care units, and emergency rooms, are now full.

St. Luke's Medical Center

St. Luke's declared full capacity of "allocated COVID-19 intensive care unit beds" on July 13 for both their Quezon City and Global City branches. The hospital also asked patients to consider alternate institutions for critical cases. 

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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

The Sta. Mesa hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes, also declared full capacity as of 7 p.m. on July 13. "We discourage COVID-19 patients waiting for admission in the hospital premises to avoid further exposure and contamination," they stated.

National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI)

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NKTI declared the utilization of beds designated for COVID-19 patients in the "danger zone" on July 13. The institute also asked patients to consider other hospitals for treatment, noting that the infection rate among their healthcare workers spiked in the past few weeks.

Earlier in July, 11 other Metro Manila hospitals declared full capacity for COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit beds. As of writing, there are currently 24,405 recorded positive COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila according to Department of Health's data.

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