Infusions

At GS Health we aim to provide the most comprehensive health service that we possibly can, while at the same time only offering necessary treatments that have an excellent evidence base.

Often people think that medically necessary infusions must be given in a hospital setting, although the reason for this was typically the logistics rather than any safety issues.

The other type of infusions most people are aware of are hangover clinics, or vitamin infusions. It is in our opinion that these have a poor evidence base for the improvement of symptoms over other forms of ingestion of fluids or vitamins, and expose people to what is a medical procedure that is unnecessary and possibly dangerous without a thorough understanding of someone’s medical and surgical history.

We provide limited infusions for medically appropriate conditions, and only do so under the referral of a doctor, with tests indicating the need, and after careful consideration of your medical history.

If your doctor has recommended one of the following infusions for you, we can safely provide this in a monitored environment with medical and nursing staff available.

Iron:

Iron deficiency is a common occurrence particularly in women with heavy, irregular or prolonged periods.

It can also occur in states of nutritional deficiency where there isn’t enough iron in the diet, or absorption is affected.

Infusion with iron is indicated if there is an identified cause of the deficiency which is being addressed, and there is a need to increase iron levels rapidly, or if increasing iron in the diet or with supplements has failed to achieve an increase in levels.

Saline/fluid replacement:

Saline or other forms of fluid replacement are needed when someone is in a state of dehydration, and is having difficulty maintaining oral intake, or there are excessive losses.

This is common where someone is vomiting a lot in early pregnancy and needs replacement until they are able to drink adequately, or in acute gastrointestinal illness where diarrhoea and vomiting may prohibit enough intake.

Review by a doctor first for appropriateness of IV rehydration is necessary, and in some situations it may still be safest in hospital. However individuals who are otherwise very healthy, particularly if they are known to us and have a self limiting illness can avoid a lengthy hospital stay.

How to make an appointment

Iron Infusions

For existing patients it is likely one of your regular doctors has already discussed with you the need for an iron infusion. In this situation you can book by calling the clinic, or using hotdoc via the app or through our website and select iron infusion.

You will need to bring the iron as prescribed with you to your appointment.

If you are not an existing patient, then your doctor would have discussed the need for an infusion and recommended you to attend here or another infusion clinic.

Before we can proceed we need the following;

  • A letter from your doctor advising they recommend an iron infusion
  • A recent iron studies result showing a ferritin level
  • The actual iron medication (Ferinject)
  • You will need to complete a medical history form and signed consent

If you book in for an iron infusion online as a new patient, one of our staff will contact you to clarify the above information. If you can call in to book it’s better to avoid disappointment.

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