A unique and powerful electronic reporting system

Our Live View system is a unique on line recording and communication tool proven to transform the efficient management of medicines and dramatically reduce medication errors.

An industry-leading innovation, it was developed by our in-house pharmacy and digital specialists as a better way to manage medication information and deliver better patient care.

A recent NHS study** indicated 237 million prescribing errors occur every year – one mistake in every five prescriptions which the study said cause an estimated 700 avoidable deaths annually. The investigation highlighted the continuing need for better medicines management in the health service.

Ashtons Live View puts us well ahead of the public sector.

If you are not an Ashtons client, but would like to know more about Ashtons Live View, please call us on 0345 222 3550.

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**R. A. Elliott, E. Camacho, F. Campbell, D. Jankovic, M. M. St James, E. Kaltenthaler, R. Wong, M. J. Sculpher, R. Faria. (2018). PREVALENCE AND ECONOMIC BURDEN OF MEDICATION ERRORS IN THE NHS IN ENGLAND. Available: http://ow.ly/RjgL30j26F1

How Live View helps you improve patient care


As well as tracking pharmacy activity and managing regulatory compliance, Live View provides detailed trend analysis and helps you audit prescribing and administering.

In the first two years of use, our monitoring has shown Live View has brought about a 56% fall in the number of medication errors among our client hospitals.

Live View allows information from hospital pharmacists to be made immediately available on line to other relevant hospital staff. It also allows senior clinicians and managers to monitor what’s happening in their hospital 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world.

*Figures recorded by analysing average errors recorded during visits 1-5 after Live View implementation, and comparing against the average errors recorded two years later, during visits 96-100.

The benefits of Live View

For Nurses/Prescribers

  • For nurses/prescribers:
  • Instant access to patient data
  • Dialogue with pharmacists
  • Easy view of pharmacy audit
  • Shared best practice information

For hospital management:

  • Performance benchmarking
  • Identification of common concerns or training issues
  • Demonstration of regulatory compliance and regular audit

For regulators:

  • Rapid identification of problems
  • Easy checks on hospital compliance
  • Efficient system showing better patient care.

For patients:

  • Safer prescribing from improved error detection
  • Consistent better care
  • More positive treatment outcomes

Live View also provides access to a wide range of online clinical information:

Ashtons Live View is more than a pharmacy reporting system. It has become a multi-functional online resource for medicines management, unique in the UK. Our homepage gives easy access to a vast range of clinical information and guideline libraries.

There are also links to:

The Ashtons Formulary

Developed exclusively for our clients, Ashtons Formulary is accessible via Live View. It 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.


Patient focussed resources

Live View also provides access to two important information resources:


MaPPs and Choice and Medication both help you ensure your patients understand what medication they are taking, why they are taking it and what effect it has. Research show that better informed patients have better healthcare outcomes and providing this information is now a regulatory and best practice expectation.

Access to clinical guidelines

The CQC expect all healthcare establishments to adhere to changing medication and healthcare guidelines produced by a variety of government agencies.

We offer access to two online resources for guidelines:

  •  The NEWT Guidelines – A unique resource which aims to provide healthcare professionals information relating to medicines management in patients with enteral feeding tubes or swallowing difficulties.
  • PANG – Palliative care guidelines from the Palliative Care Adult Network Guidelines (PANG).

We also offer comprehensive assistance to easily access updates and guidelines that are most relevant to you, including the NICE link to the British National
Formulary (BNF) online.

To help with this, links to our online library of clinical guidelines are now part of the Live View homepage, including:

  • NICE Guidelines
  • MHRA news
  • NHS Guidelines
  • Other standards and guidelines

Ashtons Pharmacy News

Our quarterly newsletter, Ashtons Pharmacy News, can also be accessed through Live View, providing a wealth of up-to-date clinical information, including new legislation, new practice guidelines and information about new drugs.

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