Toowoomba Haematology provides iron infusions to eligible patients in the outpatient rooms as well as in the St Andrew's Toowoomba day unit.
A referral to the iron infusion service includes a consultation with one of our haematologists to confirm eligibility for the service as well as to consider the cause and recommend or arrange further investigation of the iron deficiency where appropriate. 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 the following groups:
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.
The outpatient service is very safe - being directly overseen by one of our haematologists and our practice nurse.
We are able to see patients who require support for anaemia at very short notice (generally within 72h)
The process for access to the iron infusion clinic is as follows;
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.
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.
The service is offered on a referral basis only to recieve a medicare reabate for the service. Patients will need a valid referral from their GP, specialist or nurse practitioner. It is at the discretion of the GP (or other referrer) as to whether a referral to the service is suitable or necessary.