Tuesday, 23 December 2014

If you haven't had enough of shopping, you could help us buy some new books...

Woman Reading
We have just taken delivery of a new set of on approval books. The scheme gives you the chance to browse a selection of newly published titles covering a variety of health and related topics and let us know if there are any you would like us to buy for the Library's collection.

Our current selections are available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until the 30th of January. The topics covered include:
  • Accident and emergency
  • Anatomy
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Management
  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics & gynaecology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Public health
  • ...and more
Of course, we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous on approvals) on our web site, and all of our stock via our catalogue.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas opening at the libraries

All the libraries will be open until Christmas Eve.

Berrywood Hospital Library will be staffed from Monday the 29th until Wednesday the 31st of December, and then will reopen on Monday the 5th of January.

Isebrook Hospital Library will close on Christmas Eve and reopen on Monday the 5th of January. Please contact one of the other libraries if you require any help during this period.

The Richmond Library at Northampton General Hospital will be staffed from Monday the 29th until Wednesday the 31st and reopen on Friday the 2nd of January.

24 hour access will be available to registered users as normal throughout the Christmas period at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and hope you have a good new year. We look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

NHS winter tracker from the BBC

The BBC have created an online tracker to report on activity and performance in Accident and Emergency departments in England.

Simply enter your postcode into the site to see how your nearest A&E unit is doing in relation to the 4 hour wait target.

The information available for each trust includes:

  • Performance against the target
  • Total number of attendances at the A&E department
  • Emergency admissions
  • Numbers of patients waiting more than 4 hours
  • Trolley wait times

Sunday, 14 December 2014

December 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 December issue
 you can find:
  • Home-based self sampling to test for sexually transmitted infections
  • Risk of cervical or vaginal cancer in women treated for cervical intraepithelia neoplasia
  • Adverse drug reactions with new medicines
  • Reducing hospital admissions from nursing homes for older people
  • Short-term mortality after acute myocardial infarction
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 new Evidence Updates highlighting new information worth considering along side current guidance:

Saturday, 6 December 2014

New ebook: the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness

Access it online
We have just added the Handbook of Mindfulness to our ebooks collection (which includes the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry) on the 123Library platform.

Coming in at over 1,200 pages (so just as well it is electronic and you don't have to carry it), this two volume set contains a huge amount of information about mindfulness from it's origins in Buddhism to it's adoption by western psychological science.

It discusses the use of mindfulness across a number of fields including leadership, organisational behaviour, education, medical practice, therapy and mental health.

Like our other ebooks (find them all on our catalogue), you will need an Open Athens password to access the book. If you don't have one you can register online here.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Web site of the month: Research the Headlines

Research the Headlines is a blog that looks at how research and research findings are portrayed in the media.

Similarly to the Behind the Headlines service on NHS Choices, Research the Headlines takes a media report of a story as a starting point and then looks at the actual research and what that might mean.

The blog covers a lot of science based research, but health and biomedical feature very heavily. It is written in a way that does not require a research background to understand, but will be of equal interest to those who do.

The contributors have also produced a series of top tips for people to do their own research of the headlines.

Research the Headlines is produced by the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland.