St. Luke’s says unable to accept more COVID-19 patients for confinement

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 24 2020 04:02 PM

Health workers walk outside the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City on March 23, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- St. Luke’s Medical Center said Tuesday it could no longer accept coronavirus patients for confinement in its Quezon City and Taguig City hospitals due to overcapacity.

The 2 hospitals are currently treating 48 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 and 139 patients under investigation. Of its health frontliners, 592 are already under quarantine, St. Lukes management said in a statement.

Both hospitals will still provide outpatient COVID-19 testing for qualified patients, while its emergency rooms will continue to accommodate patients for outpatient medical services, St. Luke's said.

“St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City and Global City are regrettably, no longer capable of accepting COVID-19 patients for confinement,” according to the statement.

“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,” it said.

 

Both hospitals are also treating patients with illnesses other than COVID-19 and “their health conditions cannot be compromised," St. Lukes said.

On Monday, Pasig City-based The Medical City urged incoming patients to seek medical attention elsewhere citing overcapacity. 

St. Luke's and Medical City are among several private hospitals overwhelmed by the pandemic.

The Department of Health had said that it was preparing 3 state hospitals- the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, the Jose M. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City, and the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City- to serve as referral centers for COVID-19 patients following an appeal from the private sector.

As of Tuesday morning, the Philippines has confirmed 39 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s total to 501. The total number of fatalities is still 33.