Don Alderton, Pharmacist
Don Alderton BSc (Hons) MRPharmS has worked in health care since 1963, and served fourteen years in hospitals and field medical units of the Royal Army Medical Corps. After three years service in the Trucial Oman Scouts, a Bedouin Arab force in the Trucial States, he left the army to go to university and then to qualify as a pharmacist
He has managed and owned a number of pharmacies and has worked as the medical devices registration specialist for a leading surgical equipment manufacturer.
His experience in medical device regulation makes him well qualified to ensure that Sleep-Safe Anti-Suffocation pillows conform to the essential requirements of UK legislation and the relevant EU Directives.
Don is registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, and his vocation as a pharmacist ensures that he keeps well up to date with health care issues.
For six years Don was Secretary of the Chester Branch of Arthritis Care (400+ members) with overall responsibility for co-coordinating the group activities including hydrotherapy, holidays and branch meetings. During that time he negotiated a substantial 3-year National Lottery grant which enabled the introduction of new local initiatives aimed at reducing the problems of social isolation stemming from disability and low income.
Chris Alderton, MA
Chris Alderton is a qualified general nurse, midwife and health visitor, and has worked in the NHS for over 40 years. She has wide-ranging knowledge and experience within health promotion and preventative care for families, especially children and their parents.
Chris says, "I'm very aware of the detrimental effects of long term stress and anxiety on the lives of families and especially on caregivers. I've witnessed the transformative effects and stress reduction that evidence-based practical medical solution can bring.
"It's a situation I experienced at first-hand: our infant son's seizures were extremely worrying, causing deep concerns about his night-time safety – the unpredictability of convulsions, possibly resulting in cessation of breathing, brain damage and even death due to lack of oxygen. We could minimise the risk with breathable bedding but standard domestic pillows were fundamentally unsafe."
"This is why, personally and professionally, I want to endorse the use of Sleep-Safe Anti-Suffocation Pillows as an important aid to safe sleeping and as an alleviation to the anxiety and concerns of parents and carers."
The information that Don and Chris provide is based on the principle that patients, residents, service users and carers get the best support when there is inter-professional communication between colleagues from different health and social care disciplines. Chris and Don’s aim is to promote a sense of personal empowerment which will enable everyone affected by seizures to manage more effectively the underlying medical condition.