Delays in Iron infusions can have a significant impact in the community as people with low iron are usually less physically active which can lead to reduced effectiveness and increased time away from work.
The aim of the clinic is to provide timely access to an iron infusion, whilst investigating underlying causes, the benefit of this clinic includes:
- Specialist hematology consultation by a consultant with a special interest in Iron
- Timely RMH internal referrals to other specialties (if found to be required)
- Iron Infusion directly after the consult (provided on the same day in the same area)
- GP Letter with further advice and follow up procedures
Patients with iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia.
We accept GP and specialist referrals for this service.
Referrals are triaged depending on priority. Emergency cases can present to the Emergency & Trauma Service at any time.
To refer a patient, complete and send your referral to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre by fax to (03) 8559 7371
You can use the following form or a template from your own system:
Referrals should include:
- Include For Rapid Access Iron Clinic – iron deficiency or iron deficiency anaemia
- brief medical history and perceived reason for iron deficiency
- blood results attached – must include FBE, iron studies and ferritin level and must be within 3 months of the referral
As per standard referrals, please include:
- relevant clinical history for the patient
- the reason for referral
- patient details including address, date of birth and contact phone numbers
- your details and provider number
- the name of the consultant (for Medicare clinics)
- if your patient requires ongoing management, please identify the referral as being "indefinite"