CLMMRH ex­ceeds au­tho­rized bed ca­pac­ity

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IN the last three days, Oc­to­ber 14 to 16, the Co­ra­zon Loc­sin Mon­telibano Memo­rial Re­gional Hos­pi­tal (CLMMRH) re­ported an av­er­age of 835 ad­mit­ted pa­tients per day.

This is one of the high­est cen­sus of the hos­pi­tal since Septem­ber, said its press re­lease Wed­nes­day signed by hos­pi­tal di­rec­tor, Dr. Julius Drilon.

The hos­pi­tal said its au­tho­rized bed ca­pac­ity is only 400 beds. “How­ever, it has been con­stantly ac­cept­ing pa­tients from var­i­ous dis­tricts of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal in­clud­ing Ba­colod City which has the high­est num­ber of re­fer­rals for ob­stet­rics and gy­ne­col­ogy cases.”

This yielded an es­ti­mated bed oc­cu­pancy rate of 207 to 213 per­cent, in­di­cat­ing the hos­pi­tal has been ad­mit­ting pa­tients more than dou­ble of its au­tho­rized bed ca­pac­ity.

The hos­pi­tal said it cre­ated “over­crowd­ing” in all ar­eas which af­fected the health­care ser­vice de­liv­ery of its de­part­ments.

“Bed shar­ing of two to four pa­tients can be ob­served in the dif­fer­ent wards of the hos­pi­tal. Such in­crease in the num­ber of ad­mit­ted pa­tients has a great im­pact on the fi­nan­cials of the in­sti­tu­tion as it dou­bles its ex­pen­di­tures even though the al­lo­cated bud­get for CLMMRH is only for 400bed ca­pac­ity,” the press re­lease said.

The hos­pi­tal said it is ex­pect­ing an in­creas­ing trend in the ad­mis­sion of pa­tients due to re­fer­rals from dis­trict hos­pi­tals and sea­sonal dis­eases that af­fect the com­mu­nity which in­clude dengue and pneu­mo­nia.

The hos­pi­tal is ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to have pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing as they con­tinue to strive hard in ren­der­ing qual­ity med­i­cal care ser­vices to their pa­tients.

“We are ex­haust­ing all mea­sures to ad­dress this peren­nial is­sue which in­cludes ap­peal­ing to the cen­tral govern­ment to qual­ify our hos­pi­tal as a 1,000-bed ca­pac­ity with its cor­re­spond­ing bud­get al­lo­ca­tion,” the hos­pi­tal said.

A bill au­thored by Ba­colod Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Greg Gasa­taya cre­at­ing CLMMRH as a 1,000-bed ca­pac­ity was al­ready ap­proved by the House com­mit­tee on health./pr

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