General Medicine Outpatient Clinic
The Outpatient Department (OPD) is the physical facility of the Philippine General Hospital Department of Medicine that provides healthcare services to patients who are not admitted, often serving as the first point of contact between hospital and the patient. The General Medicine OPD is a two-room complex, which contains 14 consult areas, and 4 procedural beds. The subspecialty clinics is also composed of 2 rooms divided into consult areas with designated procedural beds. It caters to the needs of charity medical patients on their first hospital contact, as well as discharged patients from the inpatient wards or ICUs on their follow-up. It is manned by the medical residents, fellows, interns and clerks under the supervision of the Adult Medicine consultants, as well as nurses and other paramedical personnel.
With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the OPD has been divided into two major branches: Telemedicine and Face-to-face (FTF) clinics. In order to limit possible exposure and spread of COVID-19, the FTF clinics are operating at a limited capacity for both General Medicine and subspecialties. However, beginning April 2021, due to the increase in COVID census, FTF was temporarily suspended. An electronic medical record system developed by Dr. Homer Co called RADISH (Computerized Registry of Admissions and Discharges) is currently being used for all types of consults. The Telemedicine center is located on the 3rd floor of the OPD with 6 desktop computers allocated for the Department. The FTF clinics are located on the 1st floor in Rooms 122, 123, 117, and 118, with 7 desktop computers to date.
Despite the changes brought about by the pandemic, the Department of Medicine remains steadfast in its goals of providing excellent, accessible, as well as responsible healthcare service to the Filipino people.
Subspeciality Outpatient Clinics
The different subspecialty clinics are manned by the subspecialty fellows and are located on the first floor. The subspecialty clinics have dedicated clinic schedule days during the week.
All subspecialties have a daily afternoon clinic, referred to as “polyclinic” established as part of the OPD Reorganization which started October 13, 2013. The clinic accommodates new and unscheduled referrals to subspecialties in order to expedite patient management. Each subspecialty division (Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Endocrinology, Hematology, Medical Oncology, Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology) shall each hold a designated Subspecialty Polyclinic at Room 122 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on each OPD clinic day. Due to the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, referrals to polyclinics are made via phone calls thru their respective hotline number/s.