Finding medication suppliers can be time-consuming and complex, whether it’s for named patients or for stock.
Prior to becoming our clients, we find many hospitals need to use a combination of different suppliers, resulting in increased paperwork and multiple deliveries.
We have simplified that.
We can meet all of your medical product requirements, including providing stock medication, named patient supplies and controlled drugs.
You will receive one efficient daily delivery from one supplier, saving you time and money.
We offer an extensive range of products, including many specialist psychotropic and unlicensed medicines, and only obtain medicines from manufacturers and wholesalers who are licensed and regulated by the MHRA.
We can train ward staff in the most effective order management methods to help you reduce costs and wastage, and improve flexibility.
Our e-commerce website gives you access to over 8,000 product lines of medication and medical supplies. It will help increase the security and accuracy of your orders and save you time.
No matter where you are or what device you are using, as long as you are connected to the internet, any authorised staff can order what your patients need, when they need it.
Ashtons holds an MHRA Wholesale Dealer’s Licence.
This is a legal requirement for any pharmacy provider of stock medication.
We also hold a separate Home Office licence allowing us to supply controlled drugs as stock.
Recent changes and tightening of regulations by the MHRA mean any premises that does not hold these licences will not be able to supply stock medication legally.
These licences protect the supply chain from counterfeit or substandard products and ensure medicines are received from the manufacturer in optimum condition. Licence holders are regularly and stringently inspected to ensure they comply with MHRA and Home Office quality standards.
Stock medication should be used where possible to reduce waste, cost and storage space.
When stock medication cannot be used we can also supply named patient medication, which is individually dispensed and labelled with the patient’s name.
We can supply “To Take Out” (TTO) medication, prescribed for patients discharged or on planned leave.
We also supply medication resource packs to cover unplanned leave or emergency discharge. This service is provided in accordance with NMC guidelines and does not replace TTO medication for planned leave.
Our focus on the pharmacy needs of independent healthcare providers means we offer a service that is superior to any other supplier.
Our stock management systems allow us to predict what you need and when you need it, allowing us to fulfill 98.3% of named patient orders and 99.3% of stock orders within the agreed timescale.
Monitoring has also shown that our orders are more than 99% accurate.
We give up-to-date advice and information on specialist drugs that complies with CQC, NICE and Resuscitation Council guidelines.
We will help you manage your stock of emergency drugs, offer training and guidance in managing controlled drugs, and are experts in helping clients to develop and authorise Patient Group Directions (PGDs) in their practice.
We also offer a Clozapine Management Service, providing support for patients and help with compliance for prescribers, including support with required regular blood tests, charts to assist with dose titration, and guidance to ensure staff are using clozapine effectively.