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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.
Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health. We are committed to the active involvement of family members, friends and carers during a hospital stay. Family members and carers play an important role in supporting patients during an episode of ill health.
More information on visiting hospital for an appointment.
If you've had experience of using our services and would like to make a comment then please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). Your views are very important to us and we would like to hear where you think improvements are needed or where things have gone so well that you would like to share your thanks or gratitude with the staff involved. When things have not gone so well then you can be sure that we want to hear from you, so please get in touch with PALS.
During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff. All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do.
If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.
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.
We welcome and value your feedback and use the views you share with us in a number of ways to learn and make improvements as well as sharing best practice. Feedback can be provided in a number of ways.
Last updated: 21 September 2023
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:
We are located in The QuAD Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY
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: Library.email@example.com or call 023 9228 6039
Library & eLearning Manager
Fari Mashumba:firstname.lastname@example.org 023 9228 6880
Apurva Pathak: email@example.com 023 9431 3280
Learning Technologies Librarian
Anja Ankerstjerne:firstname.lastname@example.org 023 9228 6039
Jason Kaye:email@example.com 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
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:
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.
Articles can be emailed to your NHS email address, printed and posted internally or collected from the library.
Title not available? Request it here.
Essential book or eBook for your job, study or exams not on the catalogue or shelves at PHU? We'll consider all requests.
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.
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, contactClinical.Librarian@porthosp.nhs.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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, email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
For further assistance, please contactClinical.Librarian@porthosp.nhs.uk or call 023 9228 6042
Worried about finding reliable and trustworthy health information online? Download our guide Finding Good Quality Health Information on the Internet
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
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.
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
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.
A copyright poster must be displayed next to any photocopier and scanner within the NHS.