August 19th 2022

Almost one in four people in the UK suffers from hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and the numbers are rising. This common chronic condition is an inflammation of the inside part of the nose caused by pollen (allergen) produced by plants in susceptible individuals. Symptomatology includes: sneezing and coughing; a runny or blocked nose; itchy, red…

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August 19th 2022

During summer direct sun exposure increases; boosting vitamin D levels, improving bone health and even mood. Melanin production is also stimulated by the sun; this hormone makes the skin darker in people who acquire a tan. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays could have very damaging long-lasting consequences, like: premature ageing of the skin or skin cancer;…

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March 24th 2022

How to prevent unaccounted-for losses of controlled drugs Harold Shipman, known as Britain’s most prolific serial killer, was successful in diverting a large quantity of controlled drugs (CDs) for his own criminal purposes. The subsequent enquiry against him highlighted major limitations in the information available to audit the prescribing and supply of controlled drugs. This…

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March 24th 2022

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) carries out regular checks on health and social care services and is changing their approach to these inspections. At the moment their focus is on services that have been previously rated ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. However, end of life care has a high profile so we must not get complacent…

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March 24th 2022

Smoking is still the largest cause of preventable death in England. It costs communities an estimated £12.6 billion annually with an additional annual cost of £2.5 billion to the National Health Service (NHS)(1). Public Health England is aiming for a “smoke-free society by 2030 with adult prevalence of five per cent or less”(2). Patients with…

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March 24th 2022

The 2022/2023 flu vaccine from Ashtons is available to pre-order now, for both your patients and your staff. Ordering now guarantees you our best price for winter 2022/2023, as we will pre-book your vaccines with the manufacturer. There is no minimum order quantity. Please contact our Customer Service Team on 0345 222 3550 or email…

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March 24th 2022

At Ashtons, we are always looking to improve the services we provide to our customers. Our latest service enhancement is to introduce a new courier services provider. All customers will transition to the new service provider by early March 2022. In recent years, courier services have evolved and improved with the addition of a variety…

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March 24th 2022

With the rise of global sustainability challenges such as climate risk, privacy and data security, along with regulatory pressures, companies in recent years have been looking increasingly at sustainability and the impact their business has on the environment around them. ESG is a way for companies to evaluate their sustainability status, and it is commonly…

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March 24th 2022

Ashtons provides a wide range of training courses including e-learning and clinical training seminars. You can now choose from these 12 clinical training seminars: Anaphylaxis Cannabis Oil Controlled Drugs for Hospices Drug Interactions for Hospices End-of-life Care for People with Parkinson’s Disease Management of Diabetes Towards the End of Life Managing Oral Problems in Palliative…

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March 24th 2022

Margaret Gibbs looks back at her 28 years in the job Looking back at dates, I realise that I’ve been a palliative care pharmacist for 28 years, which is two-thirds of my working life. I was working at a local NHS Trust when Greenwich and Bexley Cottage Hospice (as it was then known – now…

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