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21 August 2017: Resource Focus is BMJ Case Reports

Our new Resource Focus is BMJ Case Reports, an online journal with over 11,000 peer-reviewed case reports from 70 countries.  You can read interesting case reports and even write up one of your own to get it published.  Find out more at


28 July 2017: QEH Library will be closed on Saturdays during August

The Healthcare Library at QEH will not be open on Saturdays during August 2017.  Saturday opening will resume on 2 September 2017.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


5 July 2017: Libraries Save Lives: Library Services infographic

The Library Service at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust aims to provide a complete and cohesive service to our users.  This infographic presents some feedback from our bi-annual user survey and annual statistical collection to give you a visual idea of how we saved lives in 2016-17.


30 June 2017: Library Newsletter for Summer 2017 out now!

In our Summer 2017 issue we feature results from our bi-annual library user survey, our Summer Resource Focus, new books in the library, reference management tools and news of our new Impact Survey where you can help us measure our contribution to your career and services.

Read it here: LibraryNewsBulletin 2017 June


29 June 2017: Library Service survey 2017 results

Thanks to all who completed our bi-annual Library Services survey.  The results are in and you can read the full report below.  We have highlighted some key messages and how we will take these forward on page 6.

SLLIB impact survey 2017 report


12 June 2017: Libraries Closed 13-14 June 2017

The Libraries on both sites will be closed tomorrow and Wednesday due to medical exams taking place in the Education Centres in UHL and QEH.  Both Education Centres will be closed to visitors.

1. To renew books, login via the library OPAC using your user name and password or email us at

 2. Contact us preferably by email and only phone for urgent requests.

3. The LRC in the Owen Centre on the UHL site will be open if you need acccess to PCs and e-learning.

Library Services resources can always be accessed from our library website:


8 May 2017: Library & information science student wanted

We are advertising for a library & information science student to work here in Library Services.  Find out more at External_advert_LAv2.pdf


5 May 2017: Library Services Survey: deadline extended

You have one further week to have your say about Library and Knowledge Services at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust and be in with a chance to win one of six great prizes.  Complete the survey today at


26 April 2017: Library Newsletter for Spring 2017 out now!

The Spring 2017 edition of our library newsletter is packed with useful information and features including:

  • An update from our E-Learning team
  • Our Spring Resource Focus (
  • New Mood-Boosting books
  • Reference management tools
  • A link to our survey where there are chances to win prizes including £50 shopping vouchers!

Read it now: LibraryNewsBulletin


13 April 2017: What has Library Services done for you?

Have your say and be in with a chance to win some great prizes!

What library services do you currently use?  How have libraries helped you to develop your career or provide better services to patients?  How should we develop and improve our services in the future? If you do not currently use the library what services could we offer?

Complete the survey online. Prizes include £50 / £30 Amazon vouchers, £50 love2shop voucher or copies of the Royal Marsden Manual!  Survey closes on 7 May 2017



10 April 2017: Library opening hours over Easter / May Bank Holiday

The libraries on the QEH and UHL sites will be operating revised opening hours over the next few weeks.  Please see our poster for more details:

Library Holiday Hours Easter 2017


3 March 2017: Late night opening at QEH Library

Library & Knowledge Services has been reviewing late night opening on the QEH site.  As a result from Monday 6 March 2017 the QEH Library will be open during the following hours:

Mon-Thurs 9am-6pm

Fri 9am-5pm

Sat 9am-2pm

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at


24 February 2017: Library Newsletter published

Our Library Newsletter is back, and better than ever!  This issue we feature:

  • #amilliondecisions campaign to highlight the role librarians have to play in clinical care
  • A tribute to Keith Rowlinson, our long-standing library assistant who sadly passed away in December
  • A resource focus on UpToDate
  • Meet our two new site librarians

Read the Library Newsletter


2 February 2017: Our Resource Focus is UpToDate


Our new Resource Focus starting this month is UpToDate Anywhere, the clinical-decision support tool available free here at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.  Find out more about accessing and using UpToDate on our E-resources page.

30 January 2017: Specialist librarians can help inform #amilliondecisions a day across healthcare


Today sees the launch of amilliondecisions, a new campaign to raise awareness of the role of librarians and knowledge specialists in providing support for evidence-based healthcare and clinical decisions based on the best available research.  Library Services at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust can support you and your department with literature searches, training on information searching, journal clubs, current awareness bulletins, specialist resources and much more.  Why not contact us today and find out how we can help with one of the million decisions made in the health sector each day?

14 June 2016: Would you like to win a £50 Amazon voucher?

With only one week to go before the Library Open Day on 21st June 2016 we wanted to give you the chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher, courtesy of! Just register for a account and take one of their tests between now and 2PM on Tuesday 21 June. Registration is easy:
2. Click on OpenAthens login
3. Enter your OpenAthens user name and password*
4. Click on Dashboard
5. Click on Take a test and complete one of the four tests available
*If you need an OpenAthens password reset contact
Come and meet and the rest of our friendly and helpful suppliers at the Library Open Day in the Practical Suite, Education Centre, QEH from 11am-3pm.

3 June 2016: Library Open Day is coming!

You are warmly invited to our Library & Knowledge Services Open Day on Tuesday 21 June 2016 from 11am-3pm! The Open Day will be held in the Practical Suite, Education Centre, QEH where our resource suppliers will be on hand to demonstrate the many information products available to support your work and learning here at LGT. Lunch will be provided and there will be quizzes, freebies and prize giveaways including £25, £30 and £50 Amazon vouchers, 2 copies of the Royal Marsden Manual and 2 free personal subscriptions to any Mark Allen Group title. Please see our programme for further details and we hope to see you on the 21st June!

18 May 2016: Learning at Work Week

16th-20th May 2016 is Learning at Work Week and Library Services and other colleagues will be marking the occasion with stands at QEH and UHL tomorrow, Thursday 19 May. Come by and chat to the Library team at the International Nurses Day celebrations at UHL in the Lessof Auditorium (9.30am-12.30pm) and outside the canteen at QEH (11am-2pm). Find out about the learning resources available to you and pick up some freebies!

3 May 2016: New training courses for Spring/Summer 2016

Spring is often a good time to start something fresh, so why not book into one of our training courses and learn something new this season? Library and Knowledge Services offer courses in doing literature reviews, evidence-based information resources, critical appraisal, reference management and searching healthcare databases.  Please see our Training section for more info.

22 April 2016: UpToDate has been renewed

We are pleased to report that the contract for UpToDate has been renewed for the Trust until 2019.  If you would like to see how UpToDate is being utilised at the Trust please see our UpToDate infographic (viewed best on Firefox or Chrome browsers).

22 January 2016: Winter 2016 Knowledge Matters newsletter published

Our new library newsletter for Winter 2016 has just been published.  Find out more about our plans for 2016, our new library charter and information about the many resources and services available to you from the Library.

Read the Newsletter

18 January 2016: Be a better searcher in 2016!

Library Services are pleased to announce the new timetable for group training courses running from Jan-May 2016.  If you have resolved this year to make your practice more evidence-based, carry out a research/audit project, write a literature review or get to grips with critical appraisal then these courses are for you.  Find out more on our Training page.

8 January 2016: Resource of the Month: Mood-Boosting Books

Library Services is promoting one of our resources this month and January's Resource of the Month is our Mood-Boosting Book collection.  Read more about this special collection on our E-resources page.

10 December 2015: Library Services Opening Hours

Library Services will be operating limited hours over the holiday period (24 Dec - 3 Jan).  Please see the poster below for further details about our opening hours.


6 November 2015: Resource of the Month is UpToDate Anywhere

Library Services will be promoting one of our resources every month and November's Resource is the clinical support tool UpToDate Anywhere.  Read more about UpToDate and how it can help you on our E-resources page.

16 October 2015: Have you ever dreamed of getting published?

Have you ever considered getting your work published in a research journal?  Do you have a great idea for an article but don't know where to start?

Get tips, advice and inspiration with our "Getting Published" workshops from Library Services, taking place this autumn!  These workshops are open to all LGT staff and students on placement, clincial and non-clinical.  Topics covered will include:

  • Overcoming barriers to writing
  • What makes a good paper
  • Where you can publish work

There will be published authors on hand to offer advice and support - no experience is necesary!

Dates and locations: Friday 23 October 2015, 10am-12pm (Lewisham Hospital) and Monday 23 November 2015 10am-12pm (Queen Elizabeth Hospital)

Registration details: Contact us to register.  Places are limited so sign up soon!

4 September 2015: New training schedule for September - December 2015

Our new Library Training schedule has just been published and features three new courses, workshops and drop-in sessions.  Learn a new skills or refresh your learning to improve your clinical practice, patient care and CPD.  Find out more from our Training page.

3 August 2015: New Library Newsletter published

We are pleased to announce that the first newsletter for Library Services at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust has been published.  We are planning on publishing this newsletter, called Knowledge Matters, three times a year so do look out for future issues on this website, or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list.  Please click on the link below to access the newsletter:

Knowledge Matters: Summer 2015 edition

1 June 2015: Oxford Medicine Online ebooks

Following a successful trial we are pleased to announce that we have purchased 65 titles from Oxford Medicine Online, including many Oxford Handbooks and Specialities titles.  Access is via OpenAthens for all staff/students on placement at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust and the quickest route is via  Just click Login with Athens/Access Management Federation and choose NHS England as your institution.  You can then search for the ebook you want, or browse by specialty.  Contact us if you have further questions about this resource.

14 May 2015: Knowledge Awareness / Learning at Work Week

Workforce and Education, Library Services and Medicines Information would like to invite you to join us as we celebrate a week of learning, education, training and professional development during Knowledge Awareness / Learning at Work Week!  This year's theme is "Shaping our future" and there are events and activities planned to help you make the most of learning opportunities, services and resources here at the Trust.

  • Weds 20 May 2015: Lewisham (12.30-13.30)
  • Find out more about UpToDate and how it can benefit your practice over a sandwic before Grand Round.  Library Services will also be on hand to tell you about other resources to support your work and professional development.
  • Thurs 21 May 2015: Queen Elizabeth (11.30 - 13.30)
  • Promotional stands outside the canteen.  Come and chat with your colleagues in Workforce and Education, Library Services and Medicines Information about the free learning opportunities, training and resources available to you.

Other activities will be taking place during the week so look out for further communications and posters around the Trust.  Knowledge Awareness Week 2015 QEH [pdf]


1 May 2015: UpToDate renewed at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

We are pleased to announce our subscription to UpToDate has been renewed for another year.  Our usage statistics show you are making good use of UTD on site, but did you know you have added benefits that allow you to access UTD off-site and even on your smartphone/tablet via the UpToDate app?  Please see our eResources page for further details and continue to make use of UTD for all your clinical queries - with more than 10,000 topics in 22 specialities you are sure to find the answer.  And if you login before you run a search your searches will be recorded in future for re-use and revalidation.

22 April 2015: Library Survey closing and new training courses available

Our 2015 South London NHS Library Survey will be closing on Friday 24 April 2015 so now is your last chance to have your say and win some great prizes including a Kindle and £50 Amazon vouchers.  Lewisham users enter at and Queen Elizabeth users can enter at

We have also published details of our NEW training schedule for Spring/Summer 2015!  Find out more and download the schedule from our training page.

23 Mar 2015: Library Survey now available!

Our 2015 South London NHS Library Survey is now available for you to complete and there are lots of great prizes to be won!  What library services do you currently use?  How have libraries helped you develop your career or improve patient care?  How should we develop our services in future?  If you do not currently use the library what services could we offer?

Lewisham staff/students complete our survey at

Queen Elizabeth staff/students complete our survey at

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a draw to win some great prizes including a Kindle and £50 Amazon voucher.  The survey will only take 5 minutes to complete and is open until 24 April 2015.

16 Mar 2015: Changes to HDAS: Medline and PsycINFO

By now you should have received a communication from NICE regarding changes to some of the resources from 1 April 2015 and the actions you have to take before the switchover.  The most important thing is to make sure you download and save all your searches run in Medline and PsycINFO before 8am on 30th March 2015.  If you do not all your searches/alerts will be lost and cannot be retrieved.  For more information please see or contact your library services team.  We will keep users updated as changes progress.

6 Feb 2015: Support for doctor revalidation and appraisal

There are only a few weeks left to complete your annual appraisal in order to comply with GMC revalidation regulations.  The good news is that there are lots of resources and services available from Library Services to help you with this process.

  • High quality scanning (QEH only) and photocopying facilities for thos all-important documents and certificates
  • Free access to BMJ Learning if you need to pick up a few more CPD points!
  • Free e-resources such as UpToDate, Dynamed and over 7,000 e-journal titles to show evidence of continuous learning
  • 10,000+ case reports free online with BMJ Case Reports
  • Books and e-books on professional development and good medical practice for doctors
  • Organise your references and produce bibliographies quickly and easily with RefWorks
  • Free access to the whole of Oxford Medicine Online until 28 Feb 2015.

Questions?  Contact us to find out more.

2 Feb 2015: Healthcare Library at QEH now open until 7pm four days a week

The Library Services at QEH are pleased to announce extended late opening on Tuesdays until 7pm.  The new changes will take effect week beginning Monday 2nd February 2015.

New opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9am to 7pm
  • Friday: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 9am to 2pm

We have made these changes as a result of user feedback and will run these opening hours on a trial basis.  Footfall will be monitored to determine usage so we encourage you to make use of the library!

22 Jan 2015: Enhanced Access to Library Resources

Equity of access to online library and knowledge resources has been achieved at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.  Queen Elizabeth Healthcare Library and Lewisham Hospital Library have merged their OpenAthens organisational identities, providing a single login for users to all resources across both sites.

To see all the resources available please download our Key Resources List [pdf] 497KB  or see the E-resources page.

3 Jun 2014: Access to more e-Journals through an NHS pilot

Over 2400 more e-journals have been made available to all NHS staff from April 2014 to March 2015.  The titles mostly reflect journal content licensed for the UK Higher Education academic sector, and is now being extended to NHS users.  Eight major academic publishers are taking part, including Nature, Oxford University Press, Elsevier and Springer.

Most titles are available from anywhere via Open Athens password. If you need to register for Open Athens, or have forgotten your login details, please visit the OpenAthen NHS website here.

However titles from Nature, Institute of Physics and Oxford University Press are only accessible from any NHS computer without a password.

A-Z Journals: Go to the NICE Journals and Databases website here then browse or search titles. Further details are available here

Access beyond March 2015 will depend on how much the titles are used this year, so please do make use of them.

QEH Library help: Tel. 020 8836 6748 or

Lewisham Library help: Tel. 020 3192 6454 or 

Also published in Staff Update 30.05.14