The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) will suspend its Outpatient Department (OPD) operations beginning Monday, March 23, until further notice.
SPMC chief of hospital Dr. Leopoldo “Bong” Vega in a text message said the main OPD and rehab will be temporarily close to prevent crowding and exposure. SPMC has been identified as coronavirus (Covid-19) hospital for severe and critical patients.
“It is a temporary measure to contain,” he said.
SPMC is being poised as the satellite laboratory for “diagnosis and identification” of suspected COVID-19 patients in Mindanao. It is the only hospital in Mindanao equipped with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine that allows real-time diagnosis of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Vega added that all elective surgical cases are also suspended.
Considered a high volume hospital, SPMC has 1,500 beds with an average capacity of 2,200 outpatients a day.