Therapeutic venesections

What is a Venesection ?
A therapeutic venesection is the removal of a volume of blood (usually 400mls) as a treatment for certain conditions of the blood. 

What are the indications for Venesection ?
Therapeutic venesection is indicated in the treatment of selected conditions, namely, hereditary haemochromatosis (to remove excess body iron), polycythaemia (to reduce excess red blood cells) and Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (to reduce liver iron).

Therapeutic Venesections

Our full-time medical practitioner, Dr Michael Speedy, has a particular interest in the management of patients requiring regular therapeutic venesections.

Together with our haematologists, Dr Speedy is available for therapeutic venesections, bone marrow biopsiesautologous transfusion services and other procedures.

Venesection referrals

Venesection referrals can be made on a Clinpath Pathology request form and marked 'For the attention of Dr Speedy'. 

  • Therapeutic venesections are indicated for specific conditions including haemochromatosis, polycythaemia and porphyria cutanea tarda
  • Venesections are performed under the supervision of Dr Speedy
  • Monitoring of blood results and frequency of venesections as per your doctor's request
  • We can advise your doctor regarding the management of conditions requiring venesection, and also advise on the treatment goals for the specific conditions as well as the appropriate frequency of venesection and related blood tests
  • All venesections and associated pathology tests are bulk-billed 

Venesections are by appointment only, please call Dr Speedy's office on 08 8366 2049 to make a booking.

Venesection Clinics

Ingle Farm

4/15 Roopena Street, Ingle Farm

Please call 08 8366 2049 to make a booking

Mount Barker

Mount Barker Shop A, 13 Gawler Street, Mount Barker

Please call 08 8366 2049 to make a booking

Tennyson Centre

Tennyson Centre, 520 South Road, Kurralta Park

Please call 08 8366 2049 to make a booking