MANILA (UPDATE)—COVID-19 wards and critical care units of both the Quezon City and Taguig branches of St. Luke’s Medical Center are now full, the hospital said in a statement.
Hospital management added that some patients were waiting for admission in emergency rooms. It said those needing immediate care should look for other hospitals.
Its Bonifacio Global City (BGC) branch reached its capacity for COVID-19 patients on Friday. The branch had increased its capacity to 119 COVID-19 beds from 113, its medical chief Dr. Benjamin Campomanes said.
It has 15 virus patients in the emergency room waiting for COVID-19 beds and 9 virus patients at the ER waiting for beds at the intensive care unit, Campomanes added.
"Kapag pupunta kayo sa'min kung talagang 'di kayo malilipat we will treat you but there will be a waiting time at the emergency room," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.
(If you will go to us, we will treat you if you can't be transferred but there will be a waiting time at the emergency room.)
The Medical City also said it could not accept any more COVID-19 patients.
Its COVID-19 and non-virus wards and intensive care units were full, according to chief medical officer Dr. Rafael Claudio.
The ICU has a total of 38 beds, of which 19 are dedicated to virus patients, he said.
"Even before the recent surge, puno na rin kami (ng) non-COVID patients, residue ng nakaraan na maraming 'di nakakapagtingin ng kanilang mga sakit. Nagsasabay po ang mga COVID at non-COVID, lalo na ang mga critical na kaso," Claudio told Teleradyo in a separate interview.
(Even before the recent surge, we had a lot of non-COVID patients. These might be patients who were unable to get themselves checked. There are a lot of COVID and non-COVID cases, particularly critical ones.)
"Pati sa emergency room may intubated patients na di malagay sa ICU dahil puno."
(We have intubated patients in our emergency room who can't be transferred to the ICU because it's full.)
Some 74 percent of the hospital's COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated, while 15 percent have yet to receive their second dose, and 10 percent are fully vaccinated, Claudio said.
"Sinasabi nito na malaking proteksyon po talaga ang vaccination. Karamihan ng 'di vaccinated ang napupunta sa critical areas natin," he said.
(This says that vaccination offers huge protection. Majority of unvaccinated are in critical condition.)
"I think meron pong isang moderate lang, karamihan talaga ng vaccinated mild to moderate presentation," he added when asked if there were vaccinated virus patients.
(I think there's one vaccinated patient with a moderate case but most of them have mild to moderate presentation.)
The Philippines is now at "high risk" for COVID-19 spread, the Department of Health said Monday, as cases continued increasing partly due to the more transmissible Delta variant.