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What is Iron
Deficiency?

Your blood has red cells and these red cells carry haemoglobin. Within the haemoglobin is iron. Iron is the essential nutrient that your body needs to maintain its energy levels and that helps you with both physical and mental health.

If you do not identify that you have iron deficiency, long term consequences may develop that affect your health and wellbeing. Initially, iron deficiency can be so mild that it goes unnoticed.

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Most people suffer the symptoms of iron deficiency and don’t know they have it and how easy it is to fix it.

Diagnosing Iron
Deficiency

Diagnosis can be made with a simple blood test along with a specialist doctor review of your symptoms with an examination. It is important that the underlying cause of the deficiency is identified, as iron deficiency may be the first symptom of a more serious disorder.

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Global statistics on iron deficiency
273 million children (43%)
32 million pregnant women (38%)

Our Iron Deficiency experts

DrSarahBell
Dr Sarah Bell BHB MBChB FRACP
Specialist in Internal Medicine
New Zealand trained, and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Physicians. As a specialist physician, Dr Bell believes in the benefit of early detection, investigation and management of patients with iron deficiency.
SimoneStephens
Simone Stephens R.N.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Simone is an experienced Immunology Nurse Specialist with a background in both medical and surgical nursing. She is comfortable managing a variety of infusions including rapid iron, monoclonal antibodies, cytotoxic medication infusions and others infusions

IV iron infusion by an Iron infusion specialist is recommended

  • If you can not tolerate oral iron due to the side effects like gastrointestinal problems
  • Prior to surgery for a faster recovery and less complications post operatively
  • If you have kidney, heart or inflammatory bowel disease
  • If iron levels are dangerously low and need to be raised quickly, such as in the final stages of pregnancy or just after giving birth.

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