Hi, all -
In the last few months before my transplant, I had iron infusions weekly - and for me, they took 4-5 hours each time, as I recall. I'm in the US, so my experience may be different....
In the hospital where I had the infusions done, I had to sit in an outpatient room filled with about a dozen fairly comfortable reclining chairs. Each chair had an IV pole next to it, and most days, there was a patient "hooked up" in every chair.
The folks who shared the room were all receiving different infusions. Some were getting whole blood, others saline and/or meds, and yet others, chemo. (It was most difficult when one particular chemo patient was there, because he always got sick during his time in the chair, which made the entire room decidedly unpleasant.)
Various people watched TV, worked on their laptops, or read; one woman was even knitting, tho with one arm imobilized, that had to be difficult. Others simply snoozed. I always just read or did some writing (I never get needles in my right arm - they make it ache for days, and I can't manage without my right hand!) The time did drag a bit, but like anything else, it wasn't all that bad...
Different procedures at different places, I guess... My doctor told me that the iron had to go in very slowly - thus the reason for the long infusion time. It was only one IV bag, followed by a "quick" bag of saline, but that iron must have gone in drip by drip, because it seemed to take forever before I could notice that the level in the bag had begun to go down.
Hope this helps, especially for those of you anticipating the LONG infusion.
all the best,