We now provide iron infusions to patients who have low levels of iron in their body. Iron infusions are given via an intravenous drip and provide a rapid delivery of iron, and replenishment of iron stores. Please call us on 8373 0355 (Unley) or 7129 3094 (Hawthorn) to make an appointment to see your GP to discuss your needs.
Are You Iron Deficient?
Iron infusions are so important! Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in Australia.
If you have an iron deficiency, it means you have low levels of iron and essential minerals in your body. The body needs iron to make haemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the blood to all of the cells in your body. The body cannot make iron.
If your iron or haemoglobin levels are low you may feel unusually tired and have difficulties concentrating and being able to function normally. Very low levels of iron can lead to a condition called anaemia.
It is important to treat iron deficiency to bring your levels back to normal. If you have been diagnosed with iron deficiency, your GP may recommend an intravenous iron infusion.
What is an intravenous iron infusion?
An intravenous iron infusion is a simple procedure performed in our consulting rooms by our Nurse Manager.
It involves a needle being placed into a vein in your arm or hand for the iron solution (iron and saline) to drip (infuse) into your blood stream. Each treatment will take approximately 60 minutes. You will be monitored closely during this time.
Why do I need an Fe Infusion?
Fe (IRON) infusions are used when a patient has had blood tests performed that prove iron deficiency and/or anaemia. Sometimes this is attributed to blood loss or other reasons.
How will I feel during and after the procedure?
Patients may experience feelings of a ‘heavy’ arm during the procedure. Other temporary side effects can include a metallic taste and flu-like symptoms for one to two days after the procedure. Any side effects generally ease over a number of days. If you have any concerns, please speak with your GP.
How much will an iron infusion cost?
An iron infusion will cost $90. There is no Medicare rebate.
Additionally there will be a fee for the GP consultation. The maximum fee for this consultation will be $132.60. The actual fee may vary depending on your GP.
How is iron deficiency diagnosed?
Your doctor will be able to diagnose iron deficiency from a simple blood test to check the levels of iron in your blood. If the results of the blood test show low iron levels, your GP will investigate the cause.