HOSPITAL DRIVE-THRU. The image shows at least four steps to benefit from drive-thru laboratory services at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center. The online appointment is now available from January 12, 2022. (Image courtesy of MMMH & MC)

CITY OF LAOAG – The Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, the largest public hospital and main Covid-19 referral facility in Ilocos Norte, offers hassle-free drive-thru laboratory services.

Jhey-Ar Mangati, in charge of education and health promotion at Batac hospital, confirmed this in an interview on Wednesday evening, a few hours after his announcement on the official Facebook page of the pathology and laboratories department.

“This is in line with the hospital’s efforts to reduce long lines and contain the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

On the first day of laboratory services driving from the hospital, Mangati reported that no one had used the service yet.

Over the next few days, it is optimistic that more people in the province will get used to the hospital’s “new normal services” such as drive-thru lab services, telemedicine and virtual care in this time of the pandemic. .

For the safety and convenience of those requiring laboratory services, patients are encouraged to register through a virtual appointment system via

After that, a confirmation email will be sent to the applicant’s registered email address where they can send the lab fee payment via GCASH, PAYMAYA or bank transfer.

Once the online appointment has been confirmed and the corresponding payment has been settled, the patient is advised to present their appointment confirmation to the triage officers upon entering the designated drive-through area.

The hospital has a lane reserved for patients by appointment, allowing for more efficient and faster hospital transactions.

In the event of cancellation, patients are requested to notify the same channels and a new schedule will be communicated to them.

Once the appointment has been made, the patient must show up on time to avoid any inconvenience.

With the coronavirus cases surging in the province with 154 new cases, the highest recorded so far in a single day this year, health officials continue to reiterate among residents to always practice minimum health protocols and safety, even if they have already been vaccinated.

Ilocos Norte along with 27 other provinces and cities across the country have been raised to Alert Level 3, according to the interagency task force on Wednesday.

The order will take effect on January 14, 2022, until January 31, 2022. (ANP)


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