Maintaining best practice and professional standards in medicines management is crucial to the delivery of high quality patient care.
We ensure our clients are using medicines management policies and processes that meet these standards and are in line with regulatory requirements.
Our service includes a visiting specialist clinical pharmacist to partner with your team and provide advice on medicines, best practice, and regulatory requirements.
We train, support and mentor our pharmacists to ensure they always offer the highest quality service. This training includes an annual conference, with a range of seminars delivered by healthcare and pharmacy experts to expand their knowledge and ensure they are up-to-date.
In addition to this expert year-round advice service, we can also arrange emergency drug deliveries, if required, which may be charged separately.
Our team of specialist pharmacists at the 2016 Ashton’s Pharmacist Conference in Sussex.
Our pharmacists provide clinical and medicine management audits to comply with best practice and regulatory requirements. Our approach is consistent across all our clients and follows our own clinical governance framework which includes clinical supervision and support.
The tasks carried out by our pharmacists during their visits include:
All of our pharmacists reports are submitted electronically through Ashtons Live View.
We are immensely proud of this industry-leading system which was developed within the company to manage pharmacy audit information online.
It allows you to see what is going on in your hospital, 24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world.
Since its launch in 2014, users have recorded a 35% reduction in medication errors overall.
Live View has also evolved into a multi-functional online resource that is unique in the UK.
Developed exclusively for our clients, Ashtons Formulary offers information on the use of medication in line with best practice and evidence-based guidelines.
It is designed to be as supportive as possible and includes relevant information to assist decisions about medication use, without being restrictive.
Research shows that patients have better healthcare outcomes if they are consulted about their treatment and understand the function of their medication.
Providing this information is now a regulatory and best practice expectation and there is a range of requirements related to the need for consent.
Steps should be taken to confirm patients understand what medication they are taking, why they are taking it and what effect it has.
Our reports are designed to support your internal governance procedures, monitor quality and safety and promote the cost-effective use of medicines.
They provide an overview of pharmacy activity, while also allowing managers to check patterns of ordering and safeguard against misuse of medication.
Our quarterly newsletter Ashtons Pharmacy News includes updates on drugs, legislation and new practice guidelines, plus details of our new innovations, products and services.
Ashtons has a coordinated approach to medicines management for groups of hospitals, with a range of services aimed at helping larger healthcare providers maintain consistency across all of their facilities.