The Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) on Saturday reported that the hospital has already reached its Covid 19 capacity for several days now.

QCGH Director Dr. Josephine Sabando said that since March 9, the occupancy rate of their COVID ward beds has exceeded 100 %.

QCGH recorded a 106 % Covid bed occupancy on March 9; 137.5 % on March 10; 125 % on March 11 and 112 % on March 12.

Sabando however stressed that QCGH will still admit walk-in non-Covid patients with a set of protocols to be followed for the safety of the patient and the healthcare workers as well.

“Sa ngayon, 100 % ang occupancy ng COVID intensive care unit (ICU) and as mentioned, filled up na ang Covid ward. We also have patients that are non-Covid,” Sabando said.

“Despite these, we will still admit non-Covid patients pero ang ipa-priority natin ay yung may mga urgent cases tulad ng trauma cases, cardiac emergencies at iba pa. Sunod ay yung semi-urgent cases. Walk-in patients with non-urgent cases will still be given appropriate medical attention,” Sabando explained.

Sabando also noted that the admission rate of Covid patients in late December and early part of January was only 10%.

Next week, the Outpatient Department will revert back to Teleconsult and will ask patients who need face-to-face consultation to report at the OPD on their designated schedule.

QCGH has also started fielding in more doctors and nurses in the Triage area and Covid ward, enough to treat the increasing number of Covid-19 patients.

They also revised the duties of the healthcare workers in such a way that they will be quarantined after a Covid-related assignment. They will be subjected to an RT-PCR test, especially those showing any Covid-19 symptoms.

“We are thankful that as of the moment none of our healthcare workers are infected with Coronavirus. Kaya full force pa rin kami sa pag-attend ng medical needs ng mga patients natin.” Sabando said.