Onsite Iron Infusion Services at Park Medical Group
We all know that the body needs iron.
Iron helps the body to produce haemoglobin, which is the protein molecule in your red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your tissues.
If your iron levels become too low, you may develop a condition called anaemia (otherwise known as iron deficiency). Your iron levels might drop if you experience excessive blood loss, have poor absorption from the gut, or practice poor eating habits.
The symptoms of iron deficiency can include a lack of energy or general tiredness and shortness of breath.
So how do you know if you need an iron infusion?
Anyone with low iron levels needs to have their iron replaced.
You may need an iron infusion if:
- You are experiencing the symptoms of iron deficiency
- You are unable to tolerate oral iron replacement (this can cause side effects such as constipation)
- Your iron levels need to be rapidly replaced (if your iron deficiency is severe)
- Your levels of iron loss are higher than the body can absorb through diet (e.g. if you experience heavy menstrual flow)
- You are part of an at-risk group
What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?
The symptoms of anaemia can include:
- Lack of energy/tiredness
- Shortness of breath
- Poor appetite
- Poor learning and/or a shortened attention span
- Increased susceptibility to infection
- Cold extremities (hands/feet)
- Heart palpitations
This is not an exhaustive list and cannot be used for self-diagnosis – if you experience any of these symptoms please see your GP.
If you can’t tolerate oral iron replacement, iron infusion may be right for you
Oral iron replacement can cause a range of side effects, such as nausea, constipation/diarrhoea, and upset stomach.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms whilst taking oral iron replacements, iron infusion may be the better alternative for you as iron is delivered intravenously. Book an appointment with a friendly doctor at Park Medical Group to discuss whether iron infusion will be best for you.
Iron infusion helps to rapidly replace iron levels in the body
If your iron deficiency is severe, or your level of iron loss exceeds what your body can absorb through diet, an iron infusion will help to rapidly replace the level of iron in your body.
This will help to relieve the symptoms of anaemia more quickly than oral iron replacement options.
Are you part of an at-risk group?
Groups of people who are most at-risk of developing low iron levels include:
- Teenage girls and women with heavy menstrual cycles
- Children (especially during periods of rapid growth)
- Premature babies
If you (or your child) are part of an at-risk group for developing iron deficiency, you should see your GP to have iron levels tested and to discuss ways to increase your iron intake. Your GP will let you know if you might benefit from an iron infusion.
Iron Infusion at Park Medical Group in East Victoria Park
If you think you may be suffering the symptoms of anaemia you should see your GP as soon as possible. Patients at Park Medical Group who need an iron infusion will be reviewed by one of our GPs, and any underlying causes for your iron deficiency will be assessed.
A follow-up blood test will be conducted 4-6 weeks after your iron infusion at Park Medical Group. We offer safe iron infusion (Ferric Carboxymaltose) at your convenience with minimal waiting time. Contact us today to book your Iron Infusion consultation.