SPMC suspends OPD operations

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.