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Have you recently been diagnosed with iron deficiency?

You may be able to have intravenous iron instead. At the Rutherford Iron Clinic in Northumberland, you can get your iron deficiency treated with a single infusion of iron which will rapidly replace the iron you are missing. Our regular clinic is run by a consultant haematologist whose NHS practice is at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Why is iron important in my body?

Iron is a mineral – it keeps your mind and body healthy. It’s used to make haemoglobin, an essential part of red blood cells. Haemoglobin transports oxygen from your lungs around your body, allowing the cells to produce energy. Most people get enough iron from wholegrains, green leafy vegetables, meat, nuts and dried fruit in their diet.

How much do I need?

The recommended daily iron intake is:

  • 8mg for women aged 19-50
  • 7mg for men over 18
  • 7mg for women over 50

Symptoms of iron deficiency

The common symptoms in adults with iron deficiency are mainly due to anaemia, but the same symptoms may also be present in those with the first stage of iron deficiency before the anaemia develops.

Common symptoms include:

  • Feeling exhausted and lacking energy
  • Being short of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Paler skin than normal
  • Hair loss
  • Feeling colder than usual
  • Poor concentration
  • Restless legs

How can iron deficiency be diagnosed?

Your doctor will have confirmed iron deficiency through blood tests which measure your ferritin levels (ferritin is a blood cell protein that contains iron) and these will all be reviewed in the Rutherford Iron Clinic to ensure iron infusions are the right thing for you. Some tests may need repeating before we can proceed.

How can iron deficiency be treated?

The first approach is to look at your diet and lifestyle and advise on some changes you can make to increase your iron levels. Iron tablets are usually given first, but these do not suit everyone and can take a while to work. The fastest way to return your iron levels to normal is via an iron infusion.

How much does it cost?

An initial consultation with our consultant haematologist costs £150. Or you can opt for the full self-pay package which is £570 which includes your initial appointment, along with any tests or treatment needed.

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