Iron Infusion Clinic - Surfers Paradise - Chevron Advanced Medical

Iron Infusion Clinic - Surfers Paradise

Chevron Advanced Medical offers a safe and affordable option for your iron infusion. We are located in the heart of Gold Coast on Chevron Island with free 2P street parking. 

For doctors: 
We offer a convenient same-day iron infusion service for your patient at Chevron Advanced Medical. The patient will be returned back to your care for follow up blood tests and left at your discretion regarding further investigations for their iron deficiency. You will receive correspondence back following the iron infusion.

To schedule an iron infusion with our nurse, your patient can call 07 5538 8811 or book online. As we use Ferinject for our iron infusions, your patient must be over the age of 14. 

Please provide your patient with: (1) a referral letter; (2) a script for Ferinject - maximum dose is 1g per infusion; and (3) recent blood test results. The Chempro next to Chevron Advanced Medical keeps stock of both the 500mg and 1000mg Ferinject vials. If your patient is pregnant, please be aware that there are additional costs involved.

For patients / self referral: 
Patients are welcome to self-refer for an iron infusion (except during pregnancy). There must be a valid medical reason for requiring an iron infusion, so please bring a recent blood test to your appointment. You will be seen by our doctor, who will also administer the iron infusion. Following the infusion, you may be requested to perform more tests to ascertain the cause of your iron deficiency. 

Fees and bookings: 
Please choose one of the options below to book online, or call us on 07 5538 8811. We generally have same-day availability. 

The fee is $150, and the Medicare rebate is $38 (resulting in a gap of $112). Dr Andrew Thant will oversee the iron infusion with our nurse. Available Monday to Friday. You must have a referral and script for Ferinject from your doctor.

The fee for an iron infusion with our doctor is $200, and your Medicare rebate is $75 (resulting in a gap of $125). Available Monday to Saturday. A referral is not required.

The fee for an iron infusion with foetal heart rate monitoring is $250 with our doctor, and your Medicare rebate is $110 (resulting in a gap of $140). Available Monday to Saturday. You must be at least 16 weeks gestation and have a referral from your doctor.

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What to expect during your appointment: 
  1. Dr Thant likes to run on time and on schedule. If you are a new patient, please arrive 15 minutes in advance to complete a registration form, or send it in via email prior to your appointment.
  2. Our doctor will consult you regarding the iron infusion, and ensure that you are aware of the risks vs benefits of iron infusions.
  3. You will then be taken to the treatment room. You may be given an oral antihistamine or oral steroid to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction depending on your medical history.
  4. Our doctor or nurse will insert an IV cannula into a large vein in your arm. 
  5. The iron infusion should take around 20 minutes. Your vital signs and blood pressure will be checked before, during and after the infusion. The infusion takes a bit longer if you are pregnant and the foetal heartrate will also be monitored.
  6. For your safety, you should stay in the waiting room for a further 30 minutes. This is because a delayed allergic reaction can occur up to 30 minutes after an iron infusion. Please expect to be in Chevron Island for around 1 hour and 15 minutes (a bit longer than that if you are pregnant). There is free 2P street parking.
  7. Correspondence will be sent to your regular GP after your iron infusion.
  8. Blood tests are usually checked again 6 weeks after the iron infusion.

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Iron Infusion FAQs:

Can I get an iron infusion at Chevron Advanced Medical?
Yes, if you have been recommended by your doctor for an iron infusion, you are welcome to book with us. There should be a valid medical reason for requiring an iron infusion. 

Can I get an iron infusion during pregnancy?
Yes, we are now performing iron infusions during pregnancy at Chevron Advanced Medical. Iron infusions with Ferinject are allowed after 16 weeks gestation. This service has stricter requirements and a higher fee.

What is iron deficiency? 
Your body needs iron to make haemoglobin. Haemoglobin carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Iron also helps your muscles store and use oxygen. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

What is iron deficiency anaemia?
When the amount of iron in the body gets too low, the haemoglobin levels can fall below normal. This is known as iron deficiency anaemia. You can have iron deficiency with or without anaemia. 

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency? 
The main symptom of iron deficiency is lethargy. You can range from feeling mildly tired to exhausted, affecting your quality of life. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath; hair loss; inflammation in the corners of your mouth; stomach pains; skin colour becoming more pale; mind fog; reduced endurance.

What causes iron deficiency? 
As well as treating your iron deficiency, it is important to find the cause.

Common causes include...
- Increased need for iron, for example in pregnancy.
- Decreased input: inadequate intake or poor diet; inadequate absorption such as with celiac disease; bariatric surgery.
- Increased output: menorrhagia; GI bleeding which can occur with diseases of the bowel and stomach or secondary to medications such as NSAIDs or blood thinners.

Although we take referrals for performing the iron infusion, it is important to return to your regular doctor to investigate the cause of your iron deficiency.

What are my treatment options?
Iron can be taken via oral, intramuscular or intravenous routes.

- Oral iron supplements are preferred if tolerated. Your iron will slowly rise over 6 to 9 months. You can get side effects such as bloating, constipation and dark stools. If you have celiac disease or other disorders of absorption, this may not be effective.
- Intramuscular iron is an option if oral iron is not suiting you. It is usually given into the gluteus muscle, but has a high risk of staining the skin, which can be permanent. You may need weekly injections for a month or so depending on your individual case.
- Intravenous iron is the fastest way of replenishing your iron stores. This is administered into your vein via an iron infusion. The benefits of an iron infusion must be weighed against the risks.

What are the risks and side effects of an iron infusion?
You may experience side effects for around 2 days, after which you will improve quickly. The most common side-effects are: headache; dizziness; flushing; feeling sick or nauseas; muscle pain or spasms. The most important risks are: an allergic reaction; a risk of skin staining at the site where the needle is inserted. The risk may be reduced by having a trained doctor who performs many iron infusions, such as Dr Andrew Thant at Chevron Advanced Medical.

How long does it take for an iron infusion to take effect?
An iron infusion is the quickest way of replenishing your iron stores. Most patients report positive benefits after a couple of weeks. The benefits from an iron infusion are faster and more pronounced than oral iron supplements.

What script do I need?
We perform iron infusions using Ferinject. This is one of the safest products currently available. A script for 500mg or 1000mg Ferinject is preferred.

Where can I buy the Ferinject?
The Chempro Chemist in Chevron Island (next to Chevron Advanced Medical) keeps stock of both the 500mg and 1000mg Ferinject vials. You can purchase the Ferinject just before your appointment. It costs around $40 on a PBS script, or around $7 on a concession card. If you have obtained the Ferinject from elsewhere, please keep it in a dark cupboard at less than 30 degrees celsius. 

How much iron do I get?
The dose of Ferinject administered will depend on the extent of your iron deficiency, anaemia and your weight - this will be calculated by our doctor. If your own GP or obstetrician requests a specific dose, this will be administered. The maximum dose of Ferinject is 1000mg per infusion. 

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