Dialysis center for COVID-19 patients opens in Quezon City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 19, 2020   •   989

The Quezon City government on Monday announced the opening of its first dialysis center dedicated for patients with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Quezon City General Hospital and Medical Center (QCGHMC).

The center, which is equipped with four dialysis machines, is located at the ground floor of the QCGHMC extension facility.

The dialysis center was opened after its accreditation was obtained from the Department of Health (DOH) last Friday, the city government said.

“Ngayong mayroon na tayong dialysis center na solely for our COVID-19 patients, mas magiging madali na ang pagbibigay serbisyo sa kanila,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said in a statement.

Belmonte said dialysis patients whose result in the RT-PCR test is positive will be automatically admitted to the COVID-19 dialysis center ward.

The dialysis fee will be shouldered by the city government, she added.

According to QCGHMC director Dr. Josephine Sabando, the dialysis center can accommodate up to 12 patients per day.

Sabando assured that measures are in place to ensure the safety of patients and the frontliners who will attend to their needs.

“We know that COVID-19 is highly contagious so we included in our protocol that all consumables including tubings and dialyzer should be on a ‘one time use’ only,” she emphasized.

On-duty doctors and nurses are also required to wear Level 4 personal protective equipment (hazmat suit) at all times to avoid infection.

High-efficiency particulate air filters have also been installed to ensure that the air circulating in the area is clean.

“We see to it that aside from our patients, our healthcare workers are also being taken care of,” Sabando said.

Ospital ng Imus declares full bed capacity

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Ospital ng Imus (ONI) has declared full bed capacity of its emergency room and ward for suspect, probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In the event a patient in such cases is brought to their hospital, the management said they can only check the patient inside his or her vehicle or outside the ER.

The Ospital ng Imus is a three-storey level 1 hospital with 130-bed capacity.

It is the first public hospital in the 1st District of Imus City in Cavite.

Capitol Medical Center in QC announces full bed capacity

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Capitol Medical Center in Quezon City announced that it has reached full bed capacity for COVID-19 patients.

In an advisory released Tuesday (August 10), the facility said its emergency room , ICU and wards intended for COVID-19 patients are already full, thus it encourages patients to coordinate with the One Hospital Command Center for alternative health facilities.

The Capitol Med, however, will remain open for non-COVID patients.

PGH resumes accepting COVID-19 patients

Marje Pelayo   •   May 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) resumed accepting COVID-19 patients today following Sunday’s fire that hit some sections of the hospital.

However, the hospital’s surgical services remain suspended as the fire hugely affected the critical operating rooms for delicate and advanced surgical procedures such as neurosurgery and heart transplantation.

Specifically, five sterilization units of the said ward have been affected. It is also where the hospital’s support system, such as surgical supplies, are stored.

PGH director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi said they are doing their best so that the facility can resume its normal operations as soon as possible.

“Ang malaking naapektuhan sa amin iyong aming kakayahang magbigay ng serbisyo sa pag-opera pero handa naman kaming mag-umpisa sa lalong madaling panahon para maituloy ito, maaaring hindi kasing-dami noong dati but slowly maghahanap po kami ng paraan,” he said.

Legaspi said they are now coordinating with other hospitals to augment critical surgery operations especially for patients with immediate surgical needs.

Dr. Legaspi noted that it would take at least three to four months before the fire-hit facility can return to normal operations.

“Pero hindi po namin hihintayin yun para makapag-opera ulit. Mayroon na pong mga collaborations na ginagawa with other hospitals and of course with the PGH system adjustments para maumpisahan na ang pag-opera on a regular basis,” he assured.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has no final result yet on its investigation into the incident though claims said the fire started from a defective electrical cable.

The PGH has asked donations for the repair and restoration of the damaged facility as Dr. Legaspi estimated the damaged facility to reach P50 million. MNP (with reports from Marvin Calas)

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