Hornsby Fountain

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Hornsby Medical Centre, Skin Cancer Clinic and Travel Clinic. Yes we are a bulk billing medical centre

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Call us: 02 9987 1007
BULK BILLING OPEN 7 DAYS, Shop 4, 21 Hunter St, Hornsby, NSW 2077

Infusion Clinic

Iron Infusions

Iron deficiency has many causes which may require further investigation by your doctor.

Iron is an essential mineral and adequate levels are required for the normal production of haemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen in the blood. Iron deficiency can cause lethargy, fatigue and in more severe cases, anaemia which can cause a pale complexion, dizziness, shortness of breath and a reduced capacity for exercise. In pregnancy, iron deficiency can cause restricted foetal growth. There are three ways in which iron levels can be replenished; orally, intramuscularly, and intravenously.

Oral iron has the advantage of being simple and cheap, but is limited by side-effects, poor compliance, poor absorption, slow effect and low efficacy. Intramuscular iron is relatively slow and requires multiple injections (typically in the buttock) over a period of time and frequently causes pain and discomfort as well as permanent stains on the overlying skin. However, providing iron by infusion allows for rapid restoration of the body’s healthy iron levels with relatively few side effects.

Ferinject® is a medication used in the treatment of iron deficiency. No serious allergic reactions have been recorded to date with this medication and it is safe to administer over as little as 15 minutes, to a limit of 1000mg per week. It can also be given during pregnancy, after the first trimester. Depending on your iron requirements, you may require two infusions to fully restore your iron levels.

In general, side effects from iron infusions are uncommon and most people will not experience any. When side effects do occur, they are typically transient and mild and may include nausea, dizziness, headaches, stomach upset, low phosphate levels & muscle or joint aches or pains. There may be some irritation at the cannula site for a number of days following the infusion. In very rare cases where the cannula becomes dislodged during an infusion, the skin around the injection site may become permanently discoloured (however, risk is less than 1%).

If you think you may be low in iron please book a consultation with one of our GP’s to have a blood test.

Prior to receiving an iron infusion with us, you must see one of our GP’s to obtain a prescription and book an infusion appointment at reception.

We do not bulk bill infusions the cost is $95.


Venesection therapy involves removing blood from the body to remove excess iron or blood. Up to 500mls at a time can be removed for the treatment of medical conditions such as haemochromatosis or polycythaemia rubra vera.

Venesection is a simple procedure and is essentially identical to the process involved in donating blood. Serious side effects with venesection are very unlikely, however it is common that you may feel a bit tired or light-headed and possibly have some local bruising or soreness at the site where the needle was placed. To avoid being affected it is recommended that you eat prior to the procedure and that you are well hydrated.

Venesections are bulk billed at Hornsby Fountain Medical Centre.

Prior to receiving a venesection with us, you must see one of our GP’s for an assessment. A venesection procedure can then be booked with an appropriate GP at reception.

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