What is an iron infusion?
The most common way to treat iron deficiency is to take iron by mouth as a tablet or liquid. This works well for most people and is usually tried first. Some people may not be able to tolerate tablets and need an infusion.
Your appointment is quick and you may have to stay for an observation period.
Why do I need it?
All of us need iron as it is used to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin carries oxygen around our body. It is also important for muscle strength, energy and good mental function.
f your iron levels are low this may make you feel tired and not able to do normal daily activities and you may have an iron deficiency. Your GP will be able to test your iron levels and recommend an iron infusion if required.
Frequently asked Questions
How long will the infusion take?
Most infusions take less than 30 to 45 minutes, including the observation period.
Can I have an Iron Infusion whilst I’m pregnant?
Depending on the product iron can be given after the 1st trimester. Please consult your doctor on your suitability for an iron infusion.
Can children have iron infusions?
The minimum age for an iron infusion 18years unless referred by a paediatrician.
Can I bring a family member or friend with me?
Due to the size of the suite we limit the family/friends to one person.
Are there any side effects with IV iron?
Generally, when side effects do occur, they are mild and settle down on their own. The most common side effects are temporary and include:
*Headache, feeling sick or vomiting, muscle or joint pain
*Changes in taste (eg metallic)
*Changes to blood pressure or pulse
*Skin staining (brown discolouration) may occur due to leakage of iron into the tissues around the needle (drip) site. This is not common, but the stain can be long lasting or permanent.
How much does an iron infusion cost?
$120.00. This out of pocket expense is not claimable from your private health fund or Medicare. Payment is required at the time of the treatment. We accept cash, Visa, AMEX, MasterCard and EFTPOS. The costs of the iron is not included in the service fee.
Why do I have to go to Hamilton?
We value our client safety and have a doctor onsite at Hamilton. Although a Registered Nurse will attend to your infusion it is a requirement that a Doctor be onsite at all times.
Where can I park?
Free parking is available behind the clinic. If not, there is plenty of on street parking in Hudson Street.
How do I book?
Call Hunter Allied Care on 02 4040 0730 or use the booking form on this page.
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