As new variants of COVID-19 continue to pose a global threat, the pandemic rages on. In keeping the economy afloat, people are trying to go about their business. Restaurants are transitioning to the al-fresco scene. Corporations are observing work-from-home and remote work setups, limiting their operational capacity, for the safety and convenience of their employees. Malls are requiring proof of vaccination to allow entry. The government is imposing RT-PCR tests and stricter quarantine measures for travelers. Offices are operating at a limited capacity.
These adaptive changes and how people continue to report to their workplace are part of the new normal in the Philippines and many parts of the world. Various sectors are trying to find ways to continue operations since they cannot simply halt for long periods. With healthcare at the forefront, people should know what to expect when visiting their doctors or a hospital to ensure operations continue safely for everyone during this health crisis.
But how exactly are hospitals adjusting to the new normal? What guidelines should visitors keep in mind before going? How can the public better prepare for their subsequent hospital visits?
What to Expect During Doctor and Hospital Visits
Health screening is done before entering the facility
Guests who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are discouraged from visiting the hospital
Guidelines for areas (zones) for COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients
Units, such as the Emergency Department, the Labor and Delivery Suites, and the Operating Room, are identified as Hot and Cold Zones. For units where patients are admitted, aside from the said zones, Pre-Procedure or Pre-PCR Care Unit (PREPCU) Zones are identified. These areas are for patients who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but require waiting for their Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test results before they are allowed in the non-COVID-19 inpatient zones to avoid cross-Infection among patients and guests.
Strict physical distancing is followed
PPE protocols are observed by hospital staff
What Are Expected from Patients
Face masks and face shields should be worn at all times
Transparency in their condition
Adhere to patient and visitor guidelines
Adjusting to the New Normal
As society continues to adapt to the new normal, Philippine health protocols are evolving to accommodate the needs of the public and make people safer while the pandemic is ongoing. Hospitals and health facilities have established safety processes for all their patients and visitors. In turn, patients are expected to play their part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Indeed, following health protocols are vital to ensure safe hospital visits. The world-class healthcare services of MakatiMed ensure that its visiting patients going in for treatment or an executive checkup are kept safe at all times. Check out our outpatient care to learn more about how MakatiMed is adjusting to the new normal.