Current visiting times

We know how important it is for patients and families to be able to see visitors. Please help us keep our patients and staff as safe as possible by checking the guidance below before you visiting. 

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Voluntary Services team can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

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Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Our Strategy – Working Together, Improving Together

Our strategy sets out our vision, values, strategic aims and most importantly, how we will deliver against these ambitions for our patients, communities, and people in the future.

It is not just a document, it is for and about everyone at PHU, building on what we have achieved with a renewed focus on continuous improvement and the need to continue to work together and improve together to achieve our goals. 

A full copy of the strategy can be downloaded here.

For more information, please visit our strategy webpage.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Library & eLearning

Last updated: 07 December 2023

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Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust provides a library service for use by NHS employees, trainees, medical students and undergraduate healthcare students who are working in the local health community. 


The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub connects NHS staff and students to high quality knowledge and evidence resources in one place. 

Full access is free to all NHS staff and learners using an NHS OpenAthens account. Funded by Health Education England, it includes: 

  • journals, books and databases 
  • clinical decision support resources including NICE Guidelines and BMJ Best Practice 
  • policy and management information and research literature
  • one-click links to full-text, request a copy or contact an NHS library e.g PHU Library


Searching: Health and Care Evidence, from Health Education England

We are located in The QuAD Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY

  •  Library services: Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm
    (Please note: all library items for collection, renewal or return must be processed by Library Staff before 4.45pm)
  •  ESR Support: Monday to Friday, 8am - 4pm

 24/7 access is available to The QuAD for study and computer use with a PHU Security ID badge

For all General Enquiries, please contact: or call 023 9228 6039

Library & eLearning Manager
Fari   023 9228 6880

Clinical Librarian
Rebecca   023 9228 6042
Aaron   023 9228 6042

eLearning Technologist
Apurva Pathak: 023 9431 3280

Learning Technologies Librarian
Anja   023 9228 6039

eLearning Support
Georgia   023 9228 6000 (ext.1241)
Whitney   023 9228 6000 (ext.1241)

eLearning Support / ESR login or
Tel: 023 9228 6000 (ext.1241)

Senior Library Assistant
Christine   023 9228 6039

Library Assistant
Jason   023 9228 6039 

Are you an employee or student at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust? Join today and access all our resources for free!

Please note Bank Employees are not eligible to access PHU online resources and may join as a reader only

Visit in person or click either of these links:     Library Registration Form               Library Registration Form (Students)

If eligible, you will receive a confirmation email advising that your SWIMS (South West Information Management System) NHS Library card has been sent to your work address via internal mail.  Library members must abide by our Library Regulations

At PHU Library, you can:

  • Borrow up to 8 items
  • Loan items up to 28 days
  • Renew items 3 times
  • Renew items online or by phone
  • Make requests for articles & books

Solent NHS Trust & Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust are working in partnership to provide library services for Solent Staff. To find out more, click here Solent NHS Trust Library Services



Why do we collect your information?
In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (2018) our purpose for collecting and using your data is as follows:

We need the data you provide when you register (such as your name, email, occupation and address) so that we can administer your user account.  This is essential to allow us to provide the services we offer to our members: book loans, book and article requests, evidence searches, training, current awareness updates etc.  It is also essential for us to administer the data you provide to NHS OpenAthens when you sign up for an account. We use the information on your Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust account to provide OpenAthens administration services such as resetting your password.  We only ask for the minimum information we need to complete our work.

How do we ensure your information is kept safe?
We make sure that it is filed safely, in a locked cabinet in a locked office, or is password-protected.  Registration forms are kept for a period of two months, after which they are destroyed.

Please use the links below to request an article or book, make suggestions for new books, provide feedback about the Library service and how to access searches or training.

Request an Article       

Articles can be emailed to your NHS email address, printed and posted internally or collected from the library.


Request a Book          

Title not available? Request it here.


Suggest a Book           

Essential book or eBook for your job, study or exams not on the catalogue or shelves at PHU? We'll consider all requests.


Library Services Feedback & Suggestions   

We welcome your thoughts about PHU NHS Library Service and suggestions for services improvement e.g. journals or resources that you would like to be considered.


Request Training

Our Clinical Librarians can provide training at your workplace, in the Library or virtually, to support finding good quality evidence, appraising and referencing.  For more information,   



Request a Literature Search

Our Clinical Librarians will carry out an expert literature search to support your clinical practice. Please note the librarians cannot perform searches that will be used as part of an academic course or credit, in this instance please contact them for database training.
Please read the PHU Literature Searching Policy and Quality Assurance information, then contactClinical Librarians with: search topic, date limits, alternative keywords and the purpose of your search.

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust Library Service offers a wide range of e-resources that can be accessed from work or home, and anywhere you have internet access. From this webpage you can access journals, databases, eBooks and smartphone resources.


NHS OpenAthens is required to access many of our resources, click here to register or to find out more.

Anatomy.TV is an interactive, educational resource on human anatomy. It provides interactive 3D models with text, slides and video clips.

BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it.

Download the app via apple or android app stores  |  Getting started guide  |  HEE Communication

BMJ Case Reports is an educational resource offering a high volume of cases in all disciplines. We are also able to offer an institutional code to any PHU staff wanting to publish their own case reports. To get the institutional code or find out more,

Instructions for Authors 


British National Formularies are freely available to access via NICE

The Cochrane Library is the premier resource for information on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions, freely available to everyone in the UK.


Kortext (digital eBook provider) holds a collection of eBooks available to all NHS staff in England. 
To access: click here; select your NHS Trust/organisation & enter your NHS OpenAthens account details. No OpenAthens account? Click here to register
For more information on how to access this resource, click here.

EBSCO Databases  Includes MEDLINE, CINAHL, Pyschology & Behavioral Sciences Collection. 


This essential reference tool provides up-to-date guidance on selecting the most appropriate imaging investigation for a range of clinical problems. iRefer evaluates clinical evidence from diverse sources and uses a network of clinical experts to validate information. It reflects current best practice. 
o access this resource,


Use your NHS OpenAthens account (click here to register) to check local access to journals here.  If the library does not subscribe to the journal or particular edition you need, please use the Article Request form and our Library Assistants will gain access to the information you require.

OTseeker is a searchable database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Some trials have been critically appraised to help assess the reliability and validity of the studys.

OVID Databases  Includes Embase, Emcare, AMED, HMIC, MEDLINE, Social Policy and Practice.

Oxford Medicine Online is a digital platform hosting 136 titles from the Oxford University Press' prestigious medical collection.  An NHS OpenAthens account (click here to register) is required to gain access.

PEDro is a Physiotherapy database which will search systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and practice guidelines.

ProQuest  Includes PsycINFO, BNI, PsycArticles, Health Research Premium Collection. 

Public Health is a data and knowledge gateway.  A single point of access to data and analysis tools from across Public Health England.

PubMed provides biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. 

Renal Drug Database is a key source of prescribing information for clinical and medicines information pharmacists, providing access to over 800 drug monographs.
To access this resource, please

Royal Marsden Manual is now in it's 10th edition continuing to provide access to evidence based skills and procedures related to essential aspects of patient care.

Sage Journals is a collection of health science journals covering a wide range of disciplines.


Sanford Guide provides clinicians with the tools they need to ensure the appropriate use of antimicrobials at the point of care. To access this resource, please

Social Care Online provides research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles and websites on all aspects of social care and social work.

UpToDate is a popular clinical decision support tool available to all PHU staff, designed to get clinical staff the concise practical answers they need, when they need them most - at the point of care. Plus you can earn CME/CE/CPD credits whilst using the resource so make sure to download the app.

User Guide

CME Guide

Download the app Guide

Library Catalogue

SWIMS (Library) catalogue lists books, eBooks and other resources available from the library at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth (location code H27), as well as items held by other NHS Libraries across South West England. 

Renewing Library Books Online

New Books 
Want to know what's new on the library shelves? Check out the latest New Books List.

Want to check access to a journal?

Go to Browse Journals and use the search box to find the journal you want. To access the collection from work or home, login to your Open Athens account.

Uplifting Resources for staff

Chosen by NHS staff for NHS staff, ideal for boosting your mood. 

Access the Knowledge and Library Services website, to find a selection of uplifting, digital resources including apps, podcasts and other online resources. 

Health Education England (HEE) & NHS Knowledge & Library Services teams worked with The Reading Agency to crowd-source these resources.  Ask a member of PHU Library staff for resources available.


The Clinical Librarians create evidence updates for many departments at PHU. These updates include the latest high level evidence and impact documents.

Critical Care
Occupational Therapy and Neuro
Older Person's Medicine
Emergency Care
Palliative Care
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Alcohol
Quality Improvement
Helicopter Emergency Medical Services
Renal and Transplantation
Maternity, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

No current evidence update for your department? Not receiving your department evidence update? Would you like to receive the evidence updates directly?
Please contactClinical Librarians


KnowledgeShare is a two weekly current awareness update focused on specific clinical or educational interests. 

To sign-up, visit PHU Library in person or complete this KnowledgeShare form and email it to Clinical Librarians

Portsmouth Knowledge Database

These documents list some of the published and unpublished papers written by or in association with PHU members of staff. This database is a living document and is updated on a monthly basis to include new and recent publications. n.b. The database is being reformatted into the newer version.

Database: August 2018-November 2023

Database: 2004-2017

Research Support Services

There are a variety of different support services available to all members of staff undertaking clinical and academic research. Find links below to the different services offered by both the Library and the Research and Development department. 

  • Reference management software RefWorks is available to staff. To request your own account 
    EndNote is also available to use online and in the Library IT Suite (The QuAD Centre Ground Floor) - for more information contact
  • Do you have an idea for a research project? Visit the Research Department for information on how to carry out clinical research at Portsmouth and support for getting your project up and running.
  • Are you a Nurse, Midwife or Allied Health Professional (AHP) looking to get into research, on a research training pathway, or interested in improving clinical care or services we provide to our patients? If yes, please visit the Clinical Academic Hub.
  • Evidence-based (literature) search services and information skills training are provided by a Clinical Librarian to save you time, and can be useful as the initial step for your own research. for more information or to request a search.

PHU Library supports the next generation of NHS employees and returning students from numerous universities in our region.

Find links to your institution and their library support here:

Bournemouth University

List of Health Databases

Overall Guidance for Health Resources

Study Skills Calendar and Recordings

Systematic Reviews

Guidance for students based in Portsmouth and Yeovil

University of Portsmouth

Biomedical Sciences 


Operating Department Practice

Paramedic Sciences 



University of Southampton

Health Sciences Library Guide


For further assistance, please or call 023 9228 6042 

Patient Information

Worried about finding reliable and trustworthy health information online?  Download our guide Finding Good Quality Health Information on the Internet

Useful websites for patients
  • The NHS website: includes an A-Z of health conditions, symptoms and treatments. An A-Z of medicines, advice on diet and health, as well as a health service finder.
  • Patient.Info: a health information directory, with healthy living articles, a symptom checker and information leaflets.
  • Healthtalk: provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences. You can watch people sharing their stories about cancer, autism, motor-neurone disease, pregnancy, drugs, depression and much more.

The Library strategy provides the library service with a direction to work towards.

This 'plan of action' provides details of how the staff are to work according to the overall business plan/strategy of Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust and other trusts depending on relevant SLAs.

View the: Library Strategy

View the: Library and eLearning Services support to Trust Vision and Strategy Objectives

View the: Library and eLearning Services Annual Report 2022-2023


This page summarises what is permitted under the current NHS CLA Licence

NHS staff may copy (photocopy) and scan (digital) from printed journals and books under the terms of the licence.

Please note there are excluded categories and excluded works

For further advice on issues relating to copyright, please contact the library staff.

Printed Books and Journals

Copies must be for NHS staff and for NHS purposes only.

Limits on copying:

You may copy up to two articles from a journal issue (more if it is a thematic issue).
~ This should be no more than 5% of the journal issue.

One chapter from a book

~ This should be no more than 5% of the total number of pages in the book.

Within these extent limits, multiple copies can be made (e.g. for teaching purposes, meetings, journal clubs, etc).

Single paper copies relating to a patient’s condition or treatment may be made for patients and carers.

Scanned copies may be sent via NHS e-mail but not placed on websites. Scanned copies can be used in PowerPoint presentations.

You should always acknowledge the source of your copies.

No copies may be made from newspapers

Electronic works

You should:

Only download and print material for the purposes of private study and non commercial research.

Always check copyright notices on websites.

Ask permission if you want to make more than one copy.

Not copy images or any other electronic media without permission.

e-journals are covered by publisher licences, and generally you may only print out an article once.

Copyright poster

A copyright poster must be displayed next to any photocopier and scanner within the NHS.

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