Iron Infusion FAQs
Who is unsuitable for an Iron Infusion at the clinic?
Iron infusions can rarely cause life-threatening anaphylaxis. Whilst very rare, the infusion does need to be medically justified.
Most people requesting an infusion are clearly suitable for an infusion. However, the reasons why an iron infusion are not recommended include:
- There is no significant iron deficiency on the blood tests
- The person hasn’t tried oral iron supplements.
South East Medical recommends an infusion in a secondary care facility for a person under 18 years of age, or during pregnancy.
I already know I need an infusion - A doctor has asked me to get one!
You may make an appointment for an infusion in the first visit (rather than an initial consultation) when:
- We have a referral letter from a specialist asking for you to have an iron infusion. The letter does not need to be named to a specific doctor.
The reason we ask for a letter from the specialist is that, on occasion, the infusion doctor may disagree with a referring GP that an infusion is indicated.
Please note that We also would like to have blood test results within the last 6 weeks.
Please note that an infusion on the first visit will require an extra-long 45 minute appointment rather than the standard 30 minute appointment.
The summary is simply don’t worry about a referral letter – but if you have one that’s great.
What is the cost for an Iron Infusion?
The first appointment is a normal specialist GP ‘long appointment’ which is the same as The AMA recommended private fee for a long GP consultation.
The infusion itself requires a second long appointment and incurs the same cost (The AMA recommended private fee for a long GP consultation) with a small charge for the equipment required.
In addition, the pharmacy cost for The Ferinject script is around $37.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
There are a number of medical conditions may cause Iron deficiency and the doctor will need to exclude these at your first appointment.
Above all, you’ll need to know why you are low in Iron. It’s often straightforward. However, further blood tests are often recommended to check for conditions like Coeliac Disease, Gastritis and Haemolysis.
You will be offered the full range of treatment options which may include an Iron Infusion.
Remember that the risk of life-threatening anaphylaxis is around 1 in 1000 and there does need to be medical justification for the infusion.
The iron infusion itself is booked at the second appointment.
Which Iron Preparation do you use?
Iron Carboxymaltose comes in 2 x 500 mg vials. The brand name is ®Ferinject.
The cost of the script from a pharmacy will be the standard cost for a PBS script which is around $37.
Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
Please bring along any blood results.
When do I get my post-infusion blood test?
The Iron should be re-checked around 6 weeks later.
We will inform you of your Iron levels by phone or text.
What happens if I need an Infusion a year later?
No initial appointment is usually required – providing you bring blood results from the last 6 weeks.