The Quezon City General Hospital and Medical Center (QCGHMC) has announced that it is set to convert a chapel into a COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) ward.
In a press release issued Friday, this is in response to the increasing demand for beds for severe COVID-19 cases.
The chapel, located inside the hospital compound, will be utilized as a 21-bed COVID-19 ICU to allow admission of more severe COVID-19 cases, the statement said.
“Our COVID-19 ward and ICU has already reached its full capacity. With this extension facility, we hope to admit more COVID-19 patients who are in need of urgent and extensive treatment,” QCGHMC Director Dr. Josephine Sabando said.
The Quezon City government is now in the process of assembling hospital beds to be installed in the said facility. It is also procuring additional equipment such as patient monitors, high flow machines, and ventilators.
“Once we positioned the beds and received the machines, we can start assigning doctors and nurses in the extended facility and make it fully operational,” Sabando said.
Meanwhile, the hospital said that the Out-patient Department has reverted to a teleconsultation scheme since the start of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on August 6.
It added that the OPD is now being utilized as a makeshift quarantine facility for healthcare workers who were assigned to the COVID-19 ward.
“We have also reached full capacity sa ating non-COVID ward and pediatric ward. Despite these, we will still admit urgent cases like trauma cases, vehicular accidents, and acute cases of stroke as well as obstetric cases,” Sabando said.
“Non-urgent cases should consult first through our teleconsult services para mai-schedule kung kinakailangan nila ng face-to-face consultation,” she added.
The QCGHMC also houses a nearly 300-bed quarantine facility at the 2nd and 3rd floor of Hope 4 (the old building).
It also has a four-bed COVID dialysis unit that caters to asymptomatic to severe COVID-19 confirmed renal patients. —/mbmf