Some doctors' clinics open at limited capacity - medical group

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2020 12:34 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2020 12:53 PM

Sanitation tents have been installed in entry and exit points of the Pasig City General Hospital, as metropolitan cities control the spread of the coronavirus disease. Photo from Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto's Twitter account

MANILA - Some doctors have started reopening their clinics in hospitals at limited capacity, a Philippine Medical Association official said Saturday. 

With looser lockdown protocols, clinics have started accepting patients but only under an appointment scheme to lessen chances of virus contamination, PMA Vice President Benito Atienza said at a virtual press briefing on state-run TV, Saturday. 

"Sila ay may schedule para kaunti lang ang pasyente, bawal na po ngayon ang pila [sa] waiting area," Atienza said. 

(Patients have schedules so there are only a few patients. They are not allowed to line up at a waiting area.) 

Atienza added that clinics are only allowed to accept patients physically at 20-percent capacity. 

Doctors and their secretaries are also required to wear full personal protective equipment, and the air conditioning is shut off.

Meanwhile patients are required to sign various forms, such as a waiver, "for contact tracing purposes." 

"Ang doktor at secretary doon naka-full PPE, naka-bunny suit gown para ma-prevent natin na magkahawahan. 'Wag po silang mag-expect na bukas ang aircon kasi may purifier para maprotektahan ang mga pasyente," Atienza said. 

(The doctor and secretary wear full PPEs, a bunny suit gown to prevent contamination. [Patients] should not expect the air conditioning to be on because a purifier will be used to protect the patients.) 

Other patients may be accepted through teleconsultation provided by doctors, particularly for those who will only request prescriptions. 

Prior to this, doctors who have clinics of their own inside hospitals have been using teleconsulting through various channels to lessen risk of virus contamination for patients with inquiries not related to the highly-contagious virus.