Hospital mulls timeout

ROXAS CITY — The Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH) is mulling a timeout in accepting Covid-19 patients once its facility will go beyond its capacity.

“At the moment, the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital is almost bursting at the seams, with six critical cases, 27 severe cases, and 18 moderate cases already admitted, with six patients awaiting admission at the Emergency Room and Triage Area,” the RMPH said in a statement on May 29.

Once full capacity is reached, there will be no other option but to declare a time out, the hospital management said.

“The hospital cannot admit more patients without compromising the level of care that it gives to its patients and overwhelming its staff and personnel,” the statement added.

Bailan District Hospital and Mambusao District Hospital have already reached their full capacity, the RMPH said.

Governor Esteban Evan Contreras said on May 25 that the provincial government has utilized the district hospitals to accept COVID-19 patients.

Contreras added that asymptomatic patients are now advised to head to their respective local government units instead of the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF).

The four private hospitals have also reached their full capacity, the RMPH said, citing the government data.

The RMPH had asked for the public’s cooperation in the fight against COVID-19.

“Please refrain from leaving your homes unless necessary and, if you have to, please wear your face masks and shields properly, observe at least a one-meter distance from other people, and avoid crowded places,” it said.*