Metro hospitals ‘ready’ for surge in COVID admissions

Published March 9, 2021, 11:06 AM

by Noreen Jazul

Several hospitals in Metro Manila said they are “ready” for an increase in admissions of COVID-19 cases.

St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Benjamin Campomanes said the hospital has “anticipated” the increase of patients already.


“What we’re doing now is we have looked ahead because the agreement with DOH (Department of Health) is we start off with 20 [percent] and then we are ready for 30 [percent],” Campomanes told CNN in an interview Tuesday, March 9.

SLMC allocated 102 COVID beds in its Bonifacio Global City (BGC) branch and 109 in its Quezon City branch.

Currently, 70 to 80 percent of the beds for COVID patients are occupied in the BGC hospital, while 60 to 70 percent are utilized in the QC hospital.

“If we add another 102 beds, we can increase bed capacity to 150 so we have already made contingencies. We are ready,” Campomanes said.

He added that cases in the hospital are still ” very manageable” at the moment.

“It’s still very manageable for us. This is a running thing, I may be talking about manageable now, and we’ve always managed even before. We have gotten a lot of experience with regards to this one, so we’re ready for whatever may be thrown at us at this point in time,” he said.

‘Not overwhelmed’

Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Director Dr. Gap Legaspi said their hospital has already started “instituting measures to adapt to the slow rise” of patients.

“We’re not full. We are able to compensate for the increasing number of COVID now,” Legaspi told CNN Philippines.

While PGH has already allocated more beds for COVID-19 cases, Legaspi clarified that the hospital is not being “overwhelmed” with patients.

“We’re just moving so that just in case it gets to a higher level than what it is now, we’re ready for it,” Legaspi said.

He said PGH has been admitting around 12 to 15 COVID patients a day in the past few weeks.

“What we do is we try to discharge as many patients as we can or transfer them to the quarantine centers that have take in our recovering patients,” Legaspi said.

“That’s how even if we have a lot of patients that we need to admit, we are able to discharge and transfer patients, allowing us to have that efficient cycle of patients coming in and being discharged,” he added.

Currently, 98 patients are admitted at the PGH for COVID. Seventy perfect of the patients are moderate cases, while 30 percent have severe COVID.