NEW PRODUCT: Ashtons Guide to Diabetes

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Ashtons are proud to announce the launch of our informative Guide to Diabetes, and this has been distributed to wards. Further copies are available from our customer services team. People with a mental illness are at higher risk of developing diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes in the general population is 5.5%, but for people with schizophrenia, the prevalence is 20%. It is recommended that hospital inpatients are tested for diabetes on admission, and routinely for long-stay patients.

The guide was developed by Tomasz Wojcik, who is one of our clinical pharmacists, and it aims to provide healthcare staff with an accessible reference source of information about this common clinical condition. The main topics include:

  • What is diabetes?
  • Causes of diabetes
  • Types of diabetes
  • Diabetes in mental health
  • Treatment of diabetes

In order to manage the condition, regular blood sugar tests are required and the frequency of testing should be determined for each individual patient. Patients with type 2 diabetes may only require testing when blood sugar levels are suspected to be abnormally high or low, whereas patients having insulin treatment may need testing before meals to adjust the dose.

It is essential to manage the medication for diabetes safely to prevent serious adverse effects. In particular, check and confirm the prescribed treatment on admission, paying particular attention to the insulin dose, make, form and time of administration to prevent errors.

For further information, please call 0845 222 3550 or email

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