Iron Deficiency and Iron Deficiency Anaemia is a problem that is frequently presented at our practice. As iron is such an essential mineral, required for the production of the haemoglobin that carries oxygen throughout our bodies, we’re pleased to announce we now offer onsite iron infusions as a quick and convenient way to replenish low iron levels.
What is an iron infusion?
An iron infusion is a minor procedure in which a dose of iron is delivered directly into the blood stream through an intravenous (IV) infusion.
This is a great option for patients who:
- Can’t take iron supplements orally
- Can’t absorb iron adequately through the digestive system
- Can’t absorb enough iron due to blood loss
- Need to increase iron levels quickly
What does it treat?
Iron infusions can help treat the symptoms of iron deficiency, such as:
- Lack of energy
- Shortness of breath
- Poor appetite
- Poor learning and shortened attention span
- Increased susceptibility to infection
Thank you for visiting Woonona Medical Practice for your appointment to assess you for an iron infusion.
Please be aware that the initial consultation will be for an assessment and to review or organise your blood tests as these will allow us to determine the safest and most appropriate treatment options for you.
Infusions will not be provided on the first visit.
An iron infusion is not always the right choice, even if your iron is low.
We first need to review all your results to see if an infusion is the best option for you.
We need to know if you are anaemic as well as iron deficient.
Sometimes there are other clinical issues that require investigation and so we will take a full history on the day.
Part of the initial consultation is the consent and safety assessment and we take care to do this carefully in order to make sure any treatment given is the most appropriate for you.
In order to help the process before or on the day it is really helpful to have a summary of your previous medical history and it is essential for us to have your full blood results - including FBC/ferritin.
If you have had any previous investigations for low iron please bring these details and results with you on the day.
These details are required for us to be able to make the best clinical management decisions for you.
Make a standard consultation with one of the doctors that performs Iron Infusions to see if this procedure is appropriate for you (this procedure is for adults only).