More Negros hospitals no longer accepting patients

Bago City Hospital/iNEWS

BACOLOD CITY–More hospitals in Negros Occidental are no longer accepting patients due to lack of COVID-19 allocated beds and manpower.

The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City issued an advisory on September 11 that its allocated COVID-19 isolation beds were fully occupied.

The Riverside Medical Center, also in Bacolod, announced the same day it will no longer accept patients for OB pre-term and critical cases, as well as pediatric critical cases, due to lack of personnel.

In an advisory on Sunday, Bago City Hospital announced it was temporarily not accepting patients because of no vacancy and the presence of COVID-19 positive patients in its triage tents.

Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz said the Valladolid District Hospital COVID-19 allocated beds were fully occupied while 80 percent of the 80 beds for COVID patients at the Cadiz District Hospital were also used up.

“As much as we want to cater to all COVID-19 patients who are moderate to critical, the hospital is adamant (about not accepting them) due to the various constraints, such as…(on) manpower and beds,” the advisory issued by the CLMMRH said.

For patients from other local government units and referring hospitals, the CLMMRH management strongly advises calling the COVID-19 hotlines, including (034) 7031350, 09171007093, or 7017865, first to ensure the availability of beds prior to transport to avoid patient traffic in the Emergency Room, it added.

“Although the situation is fluid, there is a slow turnover of isolation beds due to the processing of RT-PCR swabs at the molecular laboratory. There is also an increasing number of walk-in patients although the hospital strives to ensure that the operation at the ER is managed as efficiently as possible,” it added.

The hospital management highly recommends that other hospitals be considered for patient evaluation and management for the time being.

Riverside Medical Center/iNEWS
Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City/iNEWS

The Emergency Operations Center of Bacolod City reported that hospital bed utilization has hit 86 percent as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

The active cases, meanwhile, rose to 1,645, as of Sept. 11, from about 600 last month, and this Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson attributed to the increase in local transmissions of the highly infectious Delta variant.

RISK LEVEL

Due to the increasing cases, the Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas has placed Bacolod City a notch higher in terms of risk transmission level.

As of Saturday, September 11, the DOH- 6 elevated Bacolod to Alert level 4 from Alert Level 3 because of the increasing bed capacity rate for COVID-19 patients in the city’s hospitals reaching 78.25 percent.

Based on the DOH guidelines, areas that were placed under Alert Level 4 have a bed utilization or intensive care unit (ICU) utilization rate of more than 70 percent regardless of the presence of the Delta variant.

The local government units (LGUs) of these areas are advised to implement granular or localized lockdowns, conduct active case finding in areas with local Delta variant cases, and increase hospital beds urgently especially those that are in intensive care units.

Relative to this, Governor Lacson said the construction of the Cadiz District Hospital annex building, which can accommodate 70 more beds, is expected to be completed within this month.

Negros Occidental remains under moderate risk area or Alert Level 3. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)

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