Saturday, 14 June 2014

June Eyes on Evidence from NICE

Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly bulletin from NICE Evidence Services which reviews significant new
evidence as it emerges and what this might mean for current practice.

In the June issue you can find:
  • Acid-suppressive drugs and oesophageal adenocarinoma in Barrett's oesophagus
  • Prescriptions for anxiolytics and hypnotics and risk of death
  • Assessment and treatment of dementia in older adults
  • Bedtime schedules and children's cognition and behaviour
  • Trained glycaemia alert dogs for people with type 1 diabetes 
You can find all the previous issues of Eyes on Evidence or subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

There are also three new Evidence Updates highlighting new information worth considering along side current guidance:

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Computer upgrades Friday the 13th June, Richmond Library, Northampton General Hospital.

Tool Users IT are coming to continue the upgrade of our computers at the Richmond Library on Friday the 13th of June.

The process will inevitably lead to some disruption and there may be times when PCs are unavailable. We may also need to ask you to move between PCs to enable the technicians to get on with the upgrade.

Once the upgrade has finished all of our PCs will be moved from Windows XP to Windows 7, many of them will have been replaced with newer machines and there should be a significant improvement in performance and reliability.

We apologise of any inconvenience the process may cause, but the end result should deliver an improvement to our service.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Take advantage of the free NHS trial access to a large variety of electronic books and journals

Nursing students studying in the library, St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, 1940s As part of a national pilot, Springer Publishing have given NHS staff access to a huge amount of electronic resources.

With over 1900 electronic journals (all post 1997) and 40,000 electronic books (all post 2005) on offer, there is a lot of health related content available.

The Springer trial will last until the 31st of October 2014 (but may be extended)

How to access this content:
  • Go to and click "Sign up/Log in" from the menu at the top right hand corner of the page
  • Click on Institutional / Athens login
  • From the "log in via Athens" dropdown, select NHS and then log in with your Athens account.

Other publishers are also involved with the pilot and you can also access content from:

Except where noted above, access to these titles is only via the N3 network (i.e. you have to be using a computer on the NHS network). This content will be available until March 2015.

You can find all the journal titles by using the My Journals page, or by searching the healthcare databases (HDAS) on the NICE Evidence Services site.

If you don't already have an OpenAthens account, NHS staff and attached students can register online here.

The is a great boost to the electronic resources already on offer and we would encourage all of our users to take advantage of the trial while it is available.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Congestion and temporary changes to Bedford Road / Cheyne Walk junction at Northampton General Hospital

There are on going road works affecting the traffic around Northampton General Hospital on the A428 Bedford Road / Cheyne Walk / Victoria Promenade / Derngate junction. For more information see the national site.

From Thursday the 5th of June you will no longer be able to turn right from the Bedford Road into Cheyne Walk. This will remain in force until the end of the project.

The road works are liable to cause some severe congestion at times and journey times around the hospital and town centre may be much longer than normal. You can find live travel news from the BBC here.

The project is scheduled to finish on the 17th of October.

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Web site of the month: King's Fund reading lists

The Library Service at the King's Fund has produced a series of topic related reading lists. The lists are a really useful starting point if you are looking for information on a variety of NHS issues.

The topics covered are more managerial than clinical and include:

Each contains links to full text online documents, as well as books, journal articles, reports and other relevant material.

You can see our own collection via the library catalogue, and  if you can't find an item from any of the lists just let us know and we'll source it for you.