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.

Reactions to Intravenous Iron are rare. An iron infusion is as safe as any other infusion

True anaphylaxis used to happen with the older iron dextrans from the 1960’s/1970’s. These products are no longer used. However, there is a huge hangover and fear confusing everyone (doctors and patients). With new preparations reactions are rare, but as with any treatment there are: Anxiety Patients with iron deficiency are anxious. This is part…

Eating Ice?

Not many people know about or own up to this one, A desire to eat ice – several cups at a time, it’s quite common in people with #irondeficiency. The technical name is Pagophagia, a form of Pica, this being more a general term for the need to eat strange and inappropriate things (like in…