Iron Infusions

Dr Collins offers iron infusions to eligible patients in his rooms and in the St Andrew's day unit Toowoomba.

Iron infusions are not suitable for all patients. The service includes a consultation with Dr Collins to determine eligibility for the service as well as to consider and investigate the causes of the iron deficiency. Alternatives to intravenous iron may be more suitable for some patients, and this will be discussed and considered at each consultation.

Intravenous iron is generally indicated for patients with anaemia and/or significant iron deficiency where oral iron is/has been poorly tolerated, where there is poor absorption of oral iron, or where anaemia needs to rapidly corrected.

The service is available for all suitable patients including pregnant women and adolescents. For children under the age of 12, suitability will decided on a case by case basis.

We are able to see patients who require support for anaemia at very short notice

Venesections

Venesections are indicated for patients with Hereditary Haemochromatisis (HH), Polycythemia Vera (PV) and other forms of iron overload and polycythemic states. Dr Collins offers venesections to eligible patients in his rooms and in the St Andrew's day unit Toowoomba.

Patients without private health insurance

The iron infusion/venesection service is available to patients without private health insurance. As the service is provided on an outpatient basis, no hospital admission fee is payable. A small gap is payable for outpatients as an infusion fee. Patient's will also need to fill a presciption at their local pharmacy for the intravenous iron and bring it to their appointment. This prescrition will be provided to Dr Collins and can be sent directly to the patient or pharmacy.

The outpatient service is very safe - being directly overseen by Dr Collins and our practice nurse.

General Practitioner Involvement

The service is offered for patients who their GP has already consulted and where the infusion is not able to be provided at the GP practice. For this reason patients will need to have seen their GP and have an active referral from their GP. It is at the discretion of the GP as to whether a referral to a haematologist is suitable or necessary.