A single point of access for those patients needing investigation and treatment of iron deficiency (including intravenous iron infusion). 

What do we do?

The Iron Clinic provides a single point of access for those patients needing investigation and treatment of iron deficiency (including intravenous iron infusion). 

The clinic is staffed by a General Medical Consultant and gives patients rapid access to diagnostic pathways.  It also offers oversight of intravenous iron infusions via the Medical Day Unit. 

Please Note: patients who are currently treated for iron deficiency via other departments (for example gastroenterology, antenatal, haematology) will continue their treatment via these departments.

Who do we care for?

People needing investigation and treatment of iron deficiency (including intravenous iron infusion) including:

  • Patients with equivocal iron studies results requiring further evaluation
  • Patients with iron deficiency of unknown origin

Confirmed iron deficiency with one of the following indications for intravenous iron replacement:

  • Demonstrated intolerance, non-compliance or lack of efficacy with oral iron, despite modification of dose, timing and frequency
  • Intestinal malabsorption (eg, inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Ongoing iron (ie, blood) losses that exceed absorptive capacity
  • A clinical need for a rapid iron supply

What can you expect?

A clinical assessment of the causes for iron deficiency and a discussion of possible treatment options, which may include intravenous iron infusion.

Will you receive an iron infusion on the day?

No. You will be assessed for your clinical need for an iron infusion and whether alternative treatment options are available. 

We will also discuss the risks and benefits of an iron infusion, if it is clinically indicated.  If an iron infusion is required, an appointment will be arranged in the Medical Day Unit to have the infusion at a later date.

Please Note: iron deficiency in pregnancy should be discussed with the antenatal clinic. 

Chronic kidney disease patients requiring erythropoiesis-stimulating agents are managed through the dialysis service & renal outpatient clinic.

 

How can you access this service?

A referral from a GP is required to access this service.

Referral process

The Clinic is MBS-funded, address referral to: “MBS Iron Clinic – Dr Edward Ritchie”.

Please use the BHS SMART referral template where possible and fax referrals to (03) 5320 4822.

Information required on referral:

  • Indication for the iron infusion, including urgency
  • A copy of recent FBE, iron studies and any investigations performed to determine underlying aetiology
  • History of previous iron infusions
  • The date the patient was commenced on oral iron replacement (or contraindication to oral iron)
  • Patient's height and weight
  • Attach any available letters from specialists who may have recommended the iron infusion

Further information

Clinical Lead: Dr Edward Ritchie, General Physician (03) 5320 4322

Specialist Clinics: GP Hotline (03) 5320 6800

Medical Day Unit: (03) 5320 6800

Who to refer?

  • Patients with equivocal iron studies results requiring further evaluation
  • Patients with iron deficiency of unknown origin
  • Confirmed iron deficiency with one of the following indications for intravenous iron replacement:
    • Demonstrated intolerance, non-compliance or lack of efficacy with oral iron, despite modification of dose, timing and frequency
    • Intestinal malabsorption (eg, inflammatory bowel disease)
    • Ongoing iron (ie, blood) losses that exceed absorptive capacity
    • A clinical need for a rapid iron supply (ie, in patients where optimisation of erythroid response is important to prevent physiological decompensation/ transfusion)

Note that iron deficiency in pregnancy should be discussed with the antenatal clinic.  Chronic kidney disease patients requiring erythropoiesis-stimulating agents are managed through the dialysis service & renal outpatient clinic.

Iron Clinic

Location

1 Drummond Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350

Phone

03 5320 8800

Opening Hours

Friday 9am to12 noon

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