METRO PACIFIC Hospital Holdings, Inc. (MPHHI) offers home-care services, including teleconsultation and blood extractions for laboratory tests, and — depending on location — RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) testing, mobile X-ray, physical therapy rehabilitation, and vaccinations.
“Remote Home Care services have enabled our hospitals to better cope with the current COVID [coronavirus disease 2019] surges by allowing the treatment of mild and moderate patients in the comfort of their homes, instead of waiting and clogging hospitals’ ERs ‘just in case’ they become worse. This allows our hospitals and doctors to allocate limited COVID beds/facilities/resources based on medical need, i.e., for severe and critical cases,” said MPHHI President and Chief Executive Officer Augusto P. Palisoc, Jr., in a statement Monday.
Cardinal Santos Medical Center, for example, has a service van called “Cardinal-on-Wheels” that brings diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to a patient’s home.
“For our own sake and for those around us, it is very important that we do not dismiss mild symptoms such as body aches, sore throat or slight fever nowadays,” said Dr. Saturnino P. Javier, chief medical officer of Makati Medical Center.
According to MPHHI, about 40,000 COVID-19 patients were tested and treated remotely by its hospitals during this year’s surges. In addition, almost 20,000 non-COVID patients were tested and treated without having to visit the hospital.
For more information on MPHHI and its 18 hospitals, visit mphhi.com.ph.