The Ambulatory Medical Oncology Unit (AMOU) of the Lung Center of the Philippines is an out-patient facility that aims to offer quality medical and nursing cancer care treatment among stable adult patients with cancer. It was established by the Section on Oncology of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine.
The old facility was housed next to the Emergency Department and consisted of only two beds and two ‘lazy boy’ chairs providing care for both the service and pay patients. However, with the increasing number of cancer patients, the waiting period for such a small unit would be an average of one hour. Expansion of that area was limited so it was decided that the creation of two separate and larger units would greatly improve service delivery and patient convenience. The Oncology Service head, Dr. Guia Ladrera, along with top administrative management convened the Medical Oncology consultants to get feedback and suggestions on the proposed establishment of a new unit. It was then that a decision was made to house the units in the wards manned by its own nursing staff. The present AMOU, which formally opened on August 15, 2014, offers a set-up whereby patients can receive out-patient chemotherapy in a restful, relaxed, comfortable, yet controlled environment and where they can be assured of quality oncologic care. Attending physicians, on the other hand, are then confident that their patients would receive chemotherapy from hospital staff who have been properly trained and gained sufficient skills in administering treatment and fully capable of addressing the special needs of cancer patients.
One AMOU is located at room 3103 on W3A (for service patients) and the other one is located at room 2101 on W2A for pay patients. Operating hours are from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM from Mondays through Saturdays (except holidays and other non-working days).