Friday, 30 November 2018

Leisure reading - what would you like to read for fun?

The Library Service has been very fortunate to have succeeded in a bid to Greenheart, the charitable fund for some funding to set up a leisure reading collection.

Although we already have a small collection of fiction titles (mainly donated by library staff), we would like to know what you would like to read.

What would make you want to borrow a book?

The latest Booker nominee? A thriller? Sci fi? Romance? The classics? Maybe gardening is more your thing? Hobbies and crafts? Military history?

Whatever it might be that takes your literary fancy, please take a few minutes to complete our short survey (just 6 questions) on what you would like to see in our new leisure collection.

You can find it here: 

Don't be shy, give us a recommendation or two and you may well find them in the library and ready for you to borrow.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

What's new on Clinical Key - new journal, clinical overviews and books added

Clinical Overviews

Clinical Overviews are a quick and easy way to find evidence-based answers to your clinical questions.

Whenever you do a search in Clinical Key if there is a topic overview it will appear as the first result and also in a box on the right of the page.

Clinical Overviews are not book or journal content; they are concise, easily scannable summaries which include evidence-based information, current guidelines, and the latest advances on medical conditions. Clinical Overviews are tailored for clinicians.

The following topics have been added in November:
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bladder and urethral injury
  • Galactorrhea
  • Tinea infections


Elsevier have also added lots of new electronic books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
There is also a free app allowing you to access Clinical Key on the go.

To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Richmond Library temporary closure 16th - 22nd of November

The Richmond Library at Northampton General Hospital will be closing at 1:00 pm on Friday the 16th of November until Thursday the 22nd.

This is to allow for the replacement of the carpet in a large section of the library.

During this time the library will be completely closed (including out of hours access) to all staff.

Requests for journal articles and other items can still be made during the closed period by email and we will do our best to provide them.

We apologise for the inevitable inconvenience, but parts of the flooring are getting very worn and will soon present a health and safety issue if they are not replaced now.

Both Berrywood and Isebrook libraries will remain open as normal during this period.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Disruption to computer access Tuesday the 6th & Wednesday 7th of November at the Richmond Library

We are having some essential maintenance carried out on our computers on Tuesday the 6th and Wednesday the 7th of November at the Richmond Library.

There will inevitably be some disruption and it is possible we will be asking users to move computers from time to time as the work proceeds.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Web site(s) of the month: Medical terminology

Medical terminology can be highly confusing, with lots of technical terms, abbreviations and jargon (sometimes with the same term meaning different things).

Even for health professionals this can sometimes prove difficult.

To try and help to navigate through this maze, here are a selection of web sites to help explain what the terms mean.

Acronym Buster
Produced by the NHS Confederation, this searchable A-Z list will give you the meaning of most of the acronyms used in the NHS

Care and Support Jargon Buster
An A-Z directory of the most commonly used words and phrases in health and social care translated into plain English by TLAP

An online dictionary of medical terms covering over 16000 items of medical terminology

Great Ormond Street Hospital Health Dictionary
A simple A-Z list of medical terms

Mondofacto Medical Dictionary
A UK based free online medical dictionary

Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial
A tutorial from the National Library of Medicine which teaches you about medical words. You'll learn about how to put together parts of medical words. You'll also find quizzes to see what you've learned.