Iron Infusion at WiSE
Why might you need an iron infusion?
Iron deficiency is a common cause of anemia. In Australia, current clinical management recommends the use of oral iron (in appropriate doses and for sufficient duration) as first-line therapy for most patients presenting with of iron-deficiency anemia. An iron infusion is used for the treatment of patients with iron deficiency when oral iron preparations are ineffective or cannot be used. The aim of the therapy is to replenish body iron stores and to remedy anemia; a reduced level of hemoglobin due to iron deficiency.
What is an iron infusion?
An iron infusion is a minor procedure when an iron-containing medicine is infused directly into the blood circulation. The iron-containing preparation circulates and is delivered to the body organs that require iron for normal functioning.
Is an iron infusion safe?
It is unusual to experience any significant side-effects from an iron infusion with the newer iron-containing medications. Some patients may experience a headache or feel nauseated. Less commonly some patients experience flushing, a disturbance in taste, itchiness, fever and chills. At the Wise Clinic you will be under the care of a Registered Nurse and Specialist Emergency Physician should you encounter any symptoms related to your iron infusion.
Prior to accessing the Wise Specialist Emergency Clinic, Macquarie Park for an iron infusion you must obtain a valid GP or Specialist referral and prescription. Before administration, your GP or Specialist doctor will perform a blood test to calculate the dose of iron infusion you require. Please bring both your referral, script and blood results with you.
Wise Specialist Emergency Clinic
If you are experiencing new symptoms of iron deficiency and would like immediate assessment you may choose to access the Wise Specialist Emergency Clinic to see a Specialist Emergency Physician. The need for an iron infusion will be determined following assessment and investigation performed by the Specialist Emergency Physician. This visit will incur a $200 facility fee charge.
Making an appointment
Please make an appointment for your iron infusion. Wise Specialist Emergency Clinic is open 10am-10pm, 7 days a week for iron infusion appointments. Please ask to speak to a Nurse.
What do I need to do on the day of the iron infusion?
There is no particular preparation needed for the iron infusion. It is helpful if you have had plenty of fluids to drink so finding a vein for the infusion can be easier. You will be able to drive home after the iron infusion.
How long does the iron infusion take?
The infusion usually only takes 15 – 20 minutes once the IV drip infusion is commenced. Please allow up to 2 hours for assessment, administration and monitoring.
How much will it cost?
When accessing the WiSE Clinic for an iron infusion, there is a $230* Facility Fee. While at WiSE, Emergency specialist consultation and assessment , diagnostic imaging, blood tests, observation and any iron infusion product will be covered by Medicare**.
When accessing the WiSE Clinic for an iron infusion using your own product, there is a $160* Facility Fee. While at WiSE, Emergency specialist consultation and assessment , diagnostic imaging, blood tests and observation will be covered by Medicare**.
If you are experiencing new symptoms of iron deficiency and would like immediate assessment you may choose to access the Wise Specialist Emergency Clinic to see a Specialist Emergency Physician. The need for an iron infusion will be determined following assessment and investigation performed by the Specialist Emergency Physician. This visit will incur a $230* facility fee charge.
*This amount is non-rebatable with Private Health Insurance or Medicare
**Medicare eligible patients
Without Medicare, please note that the cost of your iron infusion product will be more than the PBS amount. Wise will advise you of the cost on booking your appointment.