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Redbank Medical Centre is able to provide iron infusions to our patients. Please see one of our GPs if you believe you are eligible for this service. 

"IV" or "Intravenous" is the process of delivering something directly into the bloodstream of the body through a vein. 

An drip containing iron mixed with saline (a sterile salt water solution) is delivered via a needle placed in a vein usually in the back of the hand or arm.

The iron infusion takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour, and you will be accompanied by a practice nurse through the duration of the procedure.

What is an IV iron infusion?

Iron is an essential element for the body to create haemoglobin (Hb), which in turn is used to make red blood cells. Haemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of your body, making it extremely important.

If your iron levels fall below normal, so does your haemoglobin and red blood cell count. This results in "iron deficiency anaemia".

The most common way to treat iron deficiency anaemia is to take iron by mouth as a tablet or liquid. However, this may not always prove effective, specifically if you are:

  • Unable to tolerate iron taken by mouth

  • Unable to absorb iron through the gut

  • Unable to absorb enough iron due to the amount of blood the body is losing

  • In need of a rapid increase in iron levels to help avoid important complications or a blood transfusion

  • Not responding to iron tablets

  • Have chronic kidney or heart failure

Why might I need IV iron

Before you have an IV iron infusion, please tell your doctor if you:

  • Are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.

  • Have a history of asthma, eczema or other allergies.

  • Have had a reaction to any type of iron injection or infusion in the past.

  • Have a history of high iron levels, haemochromatosis or liver problems

  • Are on any medications (including over the counter or herbal supplements)

Patients receiving iron infusions can experience side effects including:

  • Temporary changes in taste (e.g. metallic)

  • Headache, feeling sick or vomiting

  • Muscle and joint pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Itchiness, rash

  • Changes to blood pressure or pulse

  • Burning and swelling at injection site

Severe side effects are rare. You will be closely monitored for any signs of these side effects by our team.

Side effects and contraindications