Injections, Infusions and Venesections

What is it?

Injection
Some medications need to be given via syringe and needle. Our nursing team can administer these medications for you. Examples of these treatments include:

  • Depo (Contraceptives, Antipsychotic)
  • B12
  • Prolia
  • Primoteston
  • Zoladex

If you are on a reminder for one of these or you have been requested to make an appointment by your Doctor for one of these you will often require a prescription for the medication.

It is best to plan so that you can have the prescriptions dispensed and given to the medical practice prior to your planned injection.

Often these treatments are time sensitive and delaying treatment may have a negative impact on how effective it is, so it is important to book as close to your treatment intervals as possible.

Our nursing team can also provide education sessions for patients to learn how to self-administer some medications. This is usually a decision made between you as the patient and your GP.

Infusion
Infusions are a method of delivering a treatment to a patient via cannula (special surgical sterile needle and plastic straw) and a fluid bag containing the treatment. These infusions are based on recommendations and prescription from your GP.

Your GP will attend on the day to place a cannula into your vein that will be connected to the fluid containing the medication which will slowly enter the body.

The nurse will monitor you for the time it takes for the medication to be administered. This can be 45-60 minutes. You may wish to bring a book or magazine for these visits.

Some infusions require a prescription from a doctor so it is important to have the prescription dispensed and brought to the clinic before your treatment.

Infusions include treatments like:

  • Iron Infusion
  • IV fluids such as normal saline
  • Aclasta

How to book:

On direction from a reminder message from your medical practice or from your doctor, you would need to call your medical practice and ask to make an infusion or injection appointment for the particular need that you have.

Cost:

With both injections and infusions there will be a cost for the doctors attendance and for any consumables that are used. There is always a cost for infusion equipment used. The practice administrative staff will tell you the up to date costs when you enquire.

Venesection

Venesections, also known as bloodletting is a procedure commonly provided in general practice settings for patients with Haemochromatosis. Haemochromatosis is a hereditary condition where the person absorbs too much iron from their diet. The excess iron is stored in the body and overtime causes an iron overload in the body.

The nursing team provide this service in conjunction with your treating GP. During this consultation, you are monitored closely. In preparation for these appointments, it is recommended patients have a substantial meal and good fluid intake prior to their appointment. You will be with the nurses for a minimum of 30min. The duration of your appointment may vary depending on individual tolerances to the procedure.

Following a venesection it is recommended:

  • You do not drive public transport for 12 hours
  • You do not pilot a plane for 24 hours
  • You do not scuba dive for 72 hours
  • You consider having someone drive you to and from your appointments.

How to book:

On direction from a reminder message from your medical practice or from your Doctor, you would need to call your medical practice and ask to make a venesection appointment.

Cost:

There will be a cost for the Doctors attendance and for any consumables that are used. The practice administrative staff will tell you the up to date costs when you enquire.

Aftercare:

Your nursing and doctor staff will always give you advice of what to do post treatment. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the practice.