St. Luke’s Hospital in Manila curbs admissions for some with recent travel history

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St. Luke’s Hospital in Manila, which is a frequent destination for Guam residents seeking care unavailable on island, has announced that it “cannot specifically accommodate patients with recent travel history.”

In a March 11 letter St. Luke’s acknowledged that they have admitted “a few COFIV-19 patients and Persons Under Investigation (PUI).”

“We understand that this kind of development is worrying,” states the letter, “but we are committed to doing what we can to handle the situation.”

As a result, St. Luke’s has advised its “international partners” that “executive check-up(s) (ECU), elective hospital procedures and consultations for patients who recently travelled will be put on hold effective March 12, 2020, until further notice.”

The letter states that these steps are being taken “to reduce the risk of patients contracting the virus.”

The letter is co-signed by St. Luke’s Chief Operations Officer Rafael Solis and Chief Medical Officer Benjamin S.A. Campomanes, Jr. M.D.

The letter follows a declaration by Philippine health authorities that the coronavirus disease has reached a Code Red level following “a quick succession of confirmed cases.”