Iron Infusions Gardenvale
Newbay Medical Clinic prides itself on providing the highest quality care every time you walk through our doors. Our team is composed of highly qualified, knowledgeable and reassuring doctors who know that iron is essential for your overall health. We understand that not everyone can tolerate taking oral iron tablets. Iron infusions can be a great option for those situations. They are quick, safe, and efficient.
What is an Iron Infusion?
Iron is a mineral in your blood that helps blood to carry oxygen through your body. Because iron is so important in our daily lives, we want to make sure that everyone has enough iron. But, not everyone can tolerate iron tablets. Introducing: Iron infusions!
Iron is infused directly via a vein using an IV. This is known as intravenous (IVI) iron. For this procedure, we mix iron with a saline solution and (gently!) place a needle or cannula in your arm or back of your hand. The iron solution will then travel to your iron shops, increasing your iron levels.
Is an Iron Infusion Right For Me?
Why Do I Need Iron?
Iron infusions restore your iron levels to normal levels. Adequate levels of iron offer benefits such as:
Iron helps to carry oxygen through your body, meaning more air for your lungs to use.
Have More Energy
Low iron can lead to fatigue, which no one wants.
Maintain Healthy Cells
Healthy cells will not only make you feel better, but they will also help your skin, hair and nails look their best.
Keep You Steady
A lack of iron can lead to dizziness or cause you to feel off-balance.
Improved Immune System
Sufficient iron helps the immune system function well, which helps fight infection.
Keep You Warm
Low iron levels can make you more sensitive to the cold- no more teeth chattering!
Your Iron Infusion Questions Answered
Book an Initial appointment with one our GPs to discuss your suitability for an Iron Infusion. If you are deemed fit for an iron infusion, we will arrange for the procedure. We perform a blood test to determine the appropriateness of an iron infusion and the dose required prior to administration.
The actual procedure takes about 30 minutes. We also allow 30 minutes for you to be monitored for allergic reactions. Allow at least one hour for your iron infusion procedure.
Around one in ten patients may experience flu-like symptoms following their infusion, such as muscle aches, mild fever, or a headache. Anaphylaxis and allergic reactions are uncommon but possible. We monitor patients after infusions and have trained staff to help if needed.
All our doctors at Newbay Medical Clinic are certified in IV cannulas for iron infusion delivery. Paravenous leakage can occur despite best practice in the insertion and administration. This can leave a permanent brown spot on the skin. This should be discussed with your doctor before you proceed.
Just by going about your normal day! Fasting isn’t necessary. Eat as normal and take all your usual medications.
Iron infusion patients are able to drive themselves home, resume normal activities, and then drive home. If you have an unanticipated reaction, someone will need to drive you home.
Although iron levels in the blood immediately improve, it may take two weeks for you to start to notice an improvement in your energy and overall well-being.
As part of our cost transparency model of care, please find below a breakdown of costs associated with an iron infusion at Newbay Medical Clinic:
- Initial consult: $46 gap
- Ferinject, which will need to be purchased from the chemist prior to the procedure: approximately $41.50 (correct at time of writing as per local chemist’s website)
- Procedure: $169.20 gap
Why Choose Us?
Newbay Medical Clinic takes pride in providing quality, timely service and making sure you are as comfortable as possible. We understand that visiting the doctor can be a stressful experience for many reasons, and we aim to make you feel welcomed and cared for every time you come through our door (or phone line, or website!). We are different from other doctors because of our approachability. This allows us to be open and honest with you so that you feel at ease discussing your concerns with any of the caring, knowledgeable, and experienced staff.
Book Your Consultation Today
If you’re unable to tolerate oral iron, an iron infusion may be just what you need to help you feel like your best self. Newbay Medical Clinic has a friendly, caring staff that is skilled in IV cannulas and delivers iron infusions to patients who need them. To discuss your suitability for an iron infusion, please contact our friendly and experienced team today.