Enhancing our range of medical supplies

 In New Ashtons Services, Simplifying Product Supply

Introduction to our medical supplies

Ashtons prides itself on being a one-stop-shop for all your medical supplies, so much so that we have now hired a specialist Medical Supplies Manager, Graeme Whittaker, to focus on meeting all of your medical supplies requirements.

Graeme loves his rugby and, being South African, is an avid follower of the Springboks. His real passion lies in supply chain management, however, and he will strive to help simplify your ordering process for a whole range of medical supplies, helping you gain better access to more of the products you require.

If you would like to contact Graeme about any of your medical supplies requirements you can email him on graemewhittaker@ahps.co.uk or call him on 01273 224 604.

Diabetes products

3.2 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK, and this number is expected to rise to 4 million in ten years. This indicates that there is a great need for diabetes products in hospitals, coupled with the fact that diabetes is up to five times more common in those with severe mental illnesses than in the general population.

It is recommended that in-patients in mental health wards should be tested on admission and routinely during their stay because it is so prevalent, and there is increased risk in this population. Diabetes can remain undetected for ten years or more, so it is important to screen.

The main diabetes products we stock include – blood glucose testing kits, blood glucose test strips, diabetes needles non-safety, diabetes safety pen needle, diabetes safety syringe, disposable insulin pen needles, glucose, insulin reusable pens, ketone test strips, safety insulin needle remover and single use safety lancets.

For our full range of products, please call 0345 222 3550 or visit our online ordering site: orders.ashtonshospitalpharmacy.com

Infection control

Infections can easily spread in hospitals if everyone doesn’t adhere to strict infection control practices. The Royal College of Nursing has produced revised guidance in the form of the Infection Prevention and Control Commissioning Toolkit.

There must be appropriate procedures for all areas of hospital life that might cause infection to spread, including hand hygiene, safely handling sharps and wearing protective equipment, disposal of any waste and body fluids and decontamination control.
All of these areas are extremely important, as if they are not adhered to, it can lead to staff and patients being at risk to all manner of pathogens. Decontamination control encompasses a lot of infection control, as the first line of defence against infection is to try and destroy any pathogens that might be around the hospital.

With this in mind, Ashtons has decided to branch out into supplying specialised laundry products to help hospitals decontaminate their bed sheets and any other laundry in a cost-effective way.

We always pride ourselves on being a one-stop-shop for your hospital supplies and we are now able to offer products such as specialist infection control laundry detergent, regular non-bio/bio laundry liquid, low-temperature laundry destainer, and fabric softener.
For further details on the range of products we will have available, please call us on 0345 222 3550 or email us at info@ahps.co.uk

If you would like more information on infection control then please visit: www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/new-toolkit-launched-to-combat-infection

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