23 January 2020
Dr Seema Agarwal is a consultant specialising in iron deficiency and is leading the Anaemia Clinic at Spire Manchester Hospital.
What are the symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia?
There are many symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia. One of the main signs is feeling fatigued or exhausted, making it difficult to concentrate and work. Iron deficiency anaemia can also lead to hair loss, a pale complexion, shortness of breath (especially when exercising) and can reduce the body’s ability to fight infection.
Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world. Blood loss, illness and inflammation all reduce the amount of iron in the body; in menstruating women, iron deficiency can be particularly problematic due to heavy menstrual periods.
How do you treat iron deficiency anaemia?
The first and most important step is to ensure there is no underlying cause that requires further investigation. Treating iron deficiency anaemia itself often involves taking iron supplements, however, many people find it difficult to take iron tablets because of the side effects they can cause (abdominal pain, nausea, constipation). The tablets need to be taken for months to have a noticeable effect.
At Spire Manchester Hospital our Anaemia Clinic provides an alternative treatment for iron deficiency which involves an iron infusion directly into the vein (into a vein through a needle). It’s a way to increase the body's iron levels much more quickly than iron tablets or dietary changes.
What happens at the Anaemia Clinic?
At the clinic, you will have a consultation with Dr Seema Agarwal where you will be asked to bring any blood test results you have had from your GP. During the consultation you will be able to explain your medical history and symptoms, and raise any concerns that you might have. If suitable, you will then be booked in for an iron infusion on a day and time to suit you. The entire replacement of iron is given in one infusion taking just 30-60 minutes in our daycase unit.
You should start seeing an improvement (ie increased energy) within one week, with improvements continuing for up to 3 months but please note, this can vary dependant on the individual.
The clinic is suitable for patients who have low blood count prior to surgery and for those who are normally fit and well.
To find out more or to make an appointment with Dr Seema Agarwal, please call 0161 447 6700.