Patients flock to get cheaper iron infusion
BELMONT’S Iron Infusion clinic has been inundated with patients since infusions were listed on the Public Benefits Scheme (PBS), making the 15minute procedure much more affordable for residents.
The service, run by the Bentley Armadale Medicare Local, is opening an extra day to keep up with demand.
Iron infusions are available to patients who have an iron deficiency and are over 16 years of age, or who may have an intolerance to oral iron.
Other people who may need iron infusions include those with problems absorbing iron, those who have sustained blood loss and people with severe deficiencies who could avoid a blood transfusion if they had an iron infusion.
Clinical services manager Liz Williams said the clinic opened in August last year, with three patients infused in the first month, and averaging about five a month due to the cost of Ferrinject.
Last month, 42 patients were seen by the clinic after the PBS listing made the procedure more affordable.
The clinic has the capacity to infuse 10 patients a day.
“Due to the reduction of cost, demand has increased ten-fold, with further increases anticipated in the future,” Ms Williams said.
“Prior to the clinic opening, patients would have to attend a hospital outpatient clinic, often incurring long waiting lists or specialist clinics incurring higher costs.”
Ginni White, manager of general practice support, watches over Stacee Burrows as she receives an iron infusion.