What is it?

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 there may be a cost 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.