IV infusions for osteoporosis

Osteoporosis causes thin, weak bones that break easily. To treat it, your doctor can prescribe an annual IV infusion treatment which strengthens your bones.

IV infusions for osteoporosis treatment

Osteoporosis causes your bones to be thinner and weaker.  This means your bones break more easily, particularly if you have a fall. It affects over 50% of women and around 30% of men aged 60-plus – and some younger people, too. Osteoporosis runs in families.

The good news is that osteoporosis is both preventable and treatable. One way we treat this condition is with an IV infusion. This gives you a medication that prevents bone loss, increases the thickness of your bones and reduces your risk of fractures. Your doctor must prescribe an IV infusion for osteoporosis treatment, so you’d need an appointment with them first.

What can you expect from an IV infusion for osteoporosis treatment?

  • If you need IV therapy, clinic staff will administer it in a drip into your vein. It takes around 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Usually you will need only one IV infusion per year.
  • You will also need blood tests to check your calcium levels.
  • For the IV infusion to work, you must also follow your doctor’s dietary recommendations.

Do you need an osteoporosis check?

If you’re experiencing any of the following, it’s a good idea to you ask your doctor for an osteoporosis check:

  • A fracture of your hip, wrist or spine.
  • A family history of osteoporosis.
  • You are over the age of 50 and you’ve fractured a bone.
  • If you have a fracture that happened very easily – a small bump or gentle fall that caused a fracture.
  • You’ve become shorter.
Make an appointment to chat with one of our friendly IV infusion clinic staff.

Health care professionals providing IV infusions for osteoporosis

Nurse
Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Maggie has a Bachelors degree in Nursing. She has been a nurse with East Health for 20 years.
Nurse
Fluent in English and Hindi. Rashika has a Bachelors degree in Nursing, Manukau Insititute of Technology.

Frequently asked questions

To join our clinic, you first need to fill out the patient enrolment forms to register with the PHO that we belong to. This is a Ministry of Health requirement. You will need to provide proof of identity and eligibility which may include the following forms of identification:

  • NZ Passport or NZ birth certificate
  • International passport with resident visa OR work visa of minimum 24-month duration

On the enrolment form you need to indicate which of our doctors (currently taking new patients) that you would like to be registered with.

Yes. As part of completing your enrollment, we request that you have a new patient screening appointment with one of our Nursing or Medical Centre Assistant team members.

This new patient appointment enables our team to work with you to better understand your current health and wellbeing.

Following the new patient appointment as above, you can book your first consultation with your nominated doctor.

The length of your first appointment with your new doctor will be as follows:

AgeScreening appointmentGP appointmentTotal
0-13 yrs-15 minutes
Free
15 minutes
Free
13-17 yrs-15 minutes
$13.00
15 minutes
$13.00
18-39 yrs15 minutes
$10.00
15 minutes*
$19.50
30 minutes
$29.50
40+ yrs15 minutes
$10.00
30 minutes
$39.00
45 minutes
$49.00

* Note: if you have a chronic condition, please make a booking for 30 minutes.

Payment is required at the time of consultation

You will get full access to the patient portal “My Indici” once you have completed your screening appointment.

Payment is required at time of consultation. Please note that unpaid accounts will incur an additional $10 monthly administration cost.

There may be additional costs for treatments/tests/materials

We recommend that you book your future appointments via your patient portal My Indici.

If you need an urgent appointment, then please phone the clinic. We have doctors available to discuss your urgent health needs on the day.

All consultations are by appointment only.

Patient portals are secure online sites where patients can access their health information and interact with their general practice. Please give us call on (09) 265 1325 or send us an email at info@ormistonmedical.co.nz, and we can set up your account.

We recommend that you plan ahead and request your repeat medicines via your patient portal My Indici two weeks before you run out. If you do not have access to a portal, you can phone us and leave a message with the nurse to organise this. Our doctors use an electronic prescribing system which can send your prescription to your local pharmacy (please specify name and location).
Under 14 years free
14-17 years $13
18+ years $15
Urgent prescription $25
The results of tests that have been ordered by our Doctors will be available on My Indici when they have been reviewed. If your test results are of concern you will be contacted by one of our team.

We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm.

For health services after hours visit East Care Accident & Medical, 260 Botany Road, Golflands, Auckland 2013. Their phone is 09 277 1516.

These are consultation prices only.

Under 14 Years - Free 14 - 17 years - $13.00 18 years & over - $19.50

Note charge is the same for in person or by phone or video as you are still receiving the same high quality health provider assessment, diagnosis and planning.

We understand that things can change on the day, but we ask that you call us to advise that you are not able to make your appointment. If we do not hear from you minimum 2 hours prior to your scheduled time, you will receive an invoice for this missed appointment.