At Edgeworth Family Practice, our friendly Nurses are all fully competent in the administration of IV Iron (Ferinject) and accept referrals from external GP’s for their patients to receive an Iron Infusion.
Low iron levels can result in extreme fatigue, dizziness, pale skin, shortness of breath, headaches, and a rapid heartbeat. If left untreated low iron may result in permanent damage to your heart or other vital organs.
Information for referring Doctors
To refer a patient to Edgeworth FP for a Ferinject Iron Infusion, we require a referral that details the following:
- The patient’s full details: Full, Name, DOB, Address, Phone Number.
- The name and phone number of the patient’s carer (if applicable) – if they are in Residential Care, please provide their NOK contact details.
- A referral stating that the patient requires a “Ferinject Iron Infusion”, and the dosage required. If they need more than one infusion, please advise the dose and the duration between being administered.
- If the infusion is urgent, please specify this in your referral.
- Provider details: Name, Provider Number, address of Practice, phone number, and the referral must be signed by the referring GP.
Please fax the referral to 0249530977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The referral will not be accepted without all requested information. The patient/carer will be contacted once a complete referral is received.
Please provide the patient with a prescription for Ferinject Iron Infusion and ask them to fill the script prior to their appointment.
Information for Patients
If you have been referred to us for a Ferinject Iron Infusion we will contact you once we have received the referral from your GP. If you have not heard from us within 48 hours of your GP appointment, please phone our practice 02 4953 0966. After booking your appointment, we will forward an information letter to you via post or email.
Your Ferinject must be collected from the Pharmacy and brought with you to the appointment. Not all Pharmacies keep Ferinject in stock, so please put your script in with your local Pharmacy in advance to ensure it is ready in time for your appointment. Alternatively, we have asked the Pharmacy next door to our Practice (Terry White Chemmart Pharmacy) to keep Ferinject in stock. Please contact the pharmacy on 02 4958 6400 if you would like some put aside for you.
You MUST come to your appointment well hydrated. Your infusion is given through an IV cannula and if you are dehydrated we may have trouble getting a cannula into your vein. If you do not receive your iron due to a failure to hydrate yourself, your appointment will be rebooked ONCE ONLY and the infusion fee will stand.
If it is your first time visiting our Practice, you MUST arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete paperwork and have a medical file created for you. Your appointment will last 30 – 50 minutes. Our Nurses are often fully booked. If you are late for your appointment and we are not able to infuse you, the consultation fee will stand.
The cost of the procedure will be explained in your information letter and is rebatable through Medicare. If you would like more information regarding this prior to your appointment please call and speak with our reception staff.
If you have any further questions about your iron infusion, please phone us on 02 4953 0966 and ask to speak to one of our Nurses.
To read the Consumer Medicines Information on Ferinject, click here.