steroid cards

September 23rd 2021

In August 2020, in response to four deaths and more than 300 reported incidents with steroid replacement therapy involving patients with adrenal insufficiency, a National Patient Safety Alert was published by NHS England and NHS Improvement announcing the introduction of a new patient-held steroid EMERGENCY card. All patients with primary adrenal insufficiency are steroid dependent…

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September 23rd 2021

It is acknowledged that cancer patients have a higher risk of developing pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) than the rest of the population due to the over-secretion and activation of thrombotic chemicals such as thrombin, tissue factor and factor VIIa1. The risk increases as the disease progresses. The Department of Health risk…

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September 23rd 2021

1. Can you put an Abstral tablet in an easy-to-open container for a patient to take when necessary? It is not advisable to take an Abstral tablet from its packaging and store it somewhere else. The nature of the many products that are designed to dissolve easily in the mouth means they are very sensitive…

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September 22nd 2021

Our new e-learning system has been designed to transform your learning experience, with new modules, new content and engaging new learning techniques to help you get the best understanding of our clinical topics. Our new system is simple and easy to use, with new engaging content to help your staff achieve confidence in a range…

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September 22nd 2021

MST granule sachets have been discontinued. If you still have some in stock it is fine to continue to use them, and wholesalers may have a little stock left, but it will eventually run out. If you need to offer a modified release morphine product to a patient with swallowing difficulties or a feeding tube,…

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September 22nd 2021

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects approximately one in every 500 people in the UK. It is more prevalent in men than in women and it usually starts after the age of 50. PD is caused by the loss of neurons in the substantia nigra in the brain, which is usually…

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September 21st 2021

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 NEW End-of-life care for people with Parkinson’s disease NEW Management of diabetes towards the end of life Managing oral problems…

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August 11th 2021

Last November, the Association of Supportive and Palliative Care hosted a virtual conference that included an exceptional talk called ‘Taking your Breath Away’ by Dr Helen Meynell, Consultant Pharmacist in Respiratory and Palliative Care in Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS foundation trust. This article is based on the various interesting points discussed in that presentation and…

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April 20th 2021

Ashtons Hospital Pharmacy Services, the UK’s leading provider of specialist pharmacy services to independent healthcare providers, is delighted to announce a new partnership with St Joseph’s Hospice, the largest and one of the oldest hospices in the UK, commencing on 1st April 2021. St Joseph’s Hospice was founded by the Sisters of Charity who came…

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January 18th 2021

We mentioned this in a previous newsletter but another query has come in from our hospices which has led to a more thorough review. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease and work by blocking the transport of acid into the stomach to decrease the acidity. They are used widely in…

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