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January 29th 2018

The Ashtons Live View system facilitates the electronic reporting of pharmacist audits and communication between the pharmacist and clinical staff in the hospital. The pharmacists report any clinical interventions, audits and compliance issues following their ward visits and this information is emailed to the relevant staff and managers. The hospital…

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January 29th 2018

This NICE guideline provides recommendations on symptom management (pain, breathlessness, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, delirium, agitation and noisy respiratory secretions) and maintaining hydration in adult patients receiving palliative care during the last days of life (two to three). The recommendations included in this guideline include: Recognising when people are entering…

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January 29th 2018

Palliative care can provide great comfort to patients suffering from a terminal illness, and also their families. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines palliative care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and…

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January 26th 2018

It is now 26 years since the then Health Secretary, Virginia Bottomley, successfully argued in favour of providing hospices with a prescribing budget, instead of using NHS prescriptions to obtain medication. This gave hospices the opportunity to purchase stock medication instead of using patients’ own supplies. Having a budget for…

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