Pa­tients flock to get cheaper iron in­fu­sion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Belmont -

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.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Ginni White, man­ager of gen­eral prac­tice support, watches over Stacee Bur­rows as she re­ceives an iron in­fu­sion.

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