I felt tired, faint and had suffered hair loss. Prof. Richards recommended an intravenous iron infusion which resulted in an improvement in both my energy levels and symptoms within the same week.
Mr Toby Richards is a Professor of Surgery at University College London. He has pioneered anaemia management and intravenous iron therapy in the UK. His underlying belief is that optimising patient’s health and fitness before surgery will improve their recovery and benefit their outcomes. He has embedded clinical research and development into all areas of practice.
Prof Richards is director for the UCL centre of CardioVascular and Interventional Research overseeing PhD students and undergraduates. He has numerous publications on anaemia management with broad reaching impact including national guidelines from the department of Health, NHS Blood and Transplant, AAGBI, British Society for Haematology. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences to promote anaemia management and intravenous iron therapy.
Prof. Richards leads several clinical trials on intravenous iron therapy both in the UK and Australia focusing on patient welfare, fatigue and quality of life including specific trials in women’s health.
Dr Rao Baikady
Consultant in Anaesthesia
Dr Rao Baikady is a Consultant in Anaesthesia, at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. He is lead for peri-operative anaesthesia and specialises in major cancer surgeries. He initiated the Royal Marsden anaemia management program with intravenous iron infusion, blood conservation strategies and education for health professionals. As part of this he developed ‘The Marsden Protocol’, enabling a one stop full treatment dose of iron for patients in one sitting.
Dr. Rao Baikady actively promotes evidence based practices on anaemia and haemorrhage management. He is a key opinion leader on anaemia management in major surgery and has probably overseen more intravenous iron infusions in this setting than most in the UK. His research projects include peri-operative anaemia management, cardio pulmonary exercise testing and evidence based management of major haemorrhage.
Dr Anna Butcher
Dr Anna Butcher is a qualified physician from Australia. She formerly worked with the Australian National Heart Foundation and Griffith University in cardiovascular pharmacology research and is a doctor with the Australasian College of Physicians. In Australia, the program of Patient Blood Management to optimize anaemia is well established and intravenous iron therapy common practice with over 30,000 doses given every month. Anna has a wealth of experience in intravenous iron therapy for patients of all ages.
Dr Anna Butcher is currently working on clinical trials for anaemia and intravenous iron at University College London. She is looking into the effects of iron deficiency on muscle performance and activity and how intravenous iron improves performance, strength and vitality.
Dr Andrew Klein
Dr Andrew Klein is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. He has a long interest in anaemia management and was one of the first clinicians to highlight the problems of anaemia in patients undergoing surgery. He has set up one of the first preoperative pathways for intravenous iron therapy in heart surgery.
Dr Andrew Klein is Editor of the journal, Anaesthesia with significant publications on anaemia management, iron deficiency and iron therapies. He has lead ground breaking work into the diagnosis of iron deficiency in patients with anaemia highlighting the need for intravenous iron therapy. As part of CAVIAR he leads international research into intravenous iron therapy in patients undergoing surgery.
I did the 5km park run in 24:42 minutes this morning – before the iron I did it in 27:09. That’s a huge improvement, I’m really delighted and I felt much better doing it too.J.Y