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.”

Read more on visiting times...

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…

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.”

Read more on visiting times...

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…

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.

Library & eLearning

Last updated: 13 October 2021

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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. Additional services, access to e-resources and out of hours provision may also be available, dependent on your employer.

Our online resources are available 24/7 from your laptop, tablet and phone: you will need an OpenAthens account to access them. Register for an account at


Find us in The QuAD Centre, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 3LY


  • Library services are available from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday


  • ESR Support is available from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday

 (24/7 access to the QuAD is available with a PHU Security ID badge. Please ask a member of the team for more information.)

For National Inclusion Week resource recommendations, please click here.

Available now via the Knowledge and Library Services website - a selection of uplifting, digital resources which include apps, podcasts and other online resources.


The Health Education England (HEE) national NHS Knowledge and Library Services team has worked with the Reading Agency to crowd-source these resources. They have been chosen by NHS staff for NHS staff and are ideal for boosting your mood.   


Furthermore, a number of resources have made their COVID-19 information freely available:





For General enquiries e-mail:
Telephone: 023 9228 6039

Staff Details

Library and eLearning Manager
Fari Mashumba:
023 9228 6880

Clinical Librarians
Rebecca Howes:
023 9228 6042

Aaron Razack:
023 9228 6042

eLearning Technologist
Abba Lawal:
023 9228 3857

Learning Technologies Librarian
Anja Ankerstjerne:
023 9228 6000

eLearning Support
Georgia Fifield:
023 9228 6000 (ext.1241)

eLearning Support
Whitney Musson:
023 9228 6000 (ext.1241)

eLearning Support/ESR login 
E-mail: or
Tel: 023 9228 1241 or 023 9228 6104

Senior Library Assistants
Christine Cadet:
023 9228 6039

Christine Gasser:
023 9228 6039

Library Assistant
Mark Williams:
023 9228 6039

If you are an employee or student at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust you are free to join the library service. Once you fill out the library registration form linked below, you will receive an email telling you your SWIMS card has been sent to your work address via internal mail.

Library Registration Form

Solent NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals Trust are working in partnership to provide library services for Solent Staff. If you are a Solent staff member and would like to find out more, click on the update below:

Solent NHS Trust Library Services

Your SWIMS (South West Information Management System) card is your NHS library card. With PHU you will be able to:

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

All members must abide by our Library Regulations

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.

This 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 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 make sure 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 below forms or email links to request an article, request a book, make suggestions for new books, ask for searches or training, or to provide feedback about the Library service.

Request an Article

This can be sent to your NHS email address, posted internally or collected from the library.

Request a Book

Complete this form to request a book or a section of a book.

Suggest a Book

If you think that we are missing a few books that you would like to see in the library, then feel free to make some suggestions!

Request Training

The Clinical Librarians can provide training at your workplace, in the Library or virtually to support finding good quality evidence, appraising and referencing, just drop them an email

Request a Search

The Clinical Librarians will carry out an expert literature search to support your clinical practice. Please e-mail the Clinical Librarians with your search topic, date limits, alternative keywords and the purpose of your search.

Library Feedback Form

Submit your comments about Portsmouth NHS Library Service and suggestions for any other service improvement such as new books, journals or other resources that you would like the Library to consider.

Portsmouth NHS 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 contact the library to find out more.

BMJ Best Practice

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

You can also download the app via apple or android app stores

Getting started guide

HEE Communication


British National Formularies are freely available to access via NICE

The Cochrane Library

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


Kortext, a digital eBook provider, holds a collection of electronic books available to all NHS staff in England.

To access click here, then select your NHS Trust/organisation and enter your OpenAthens details.

For more information on how to access this resource click here.


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.

If you'd like to access this resource, please message


With your NHS OpenAthens account check local access to journals here

If the library does not subscribe to the journal you need, please use our Article Request form to gain access to the information you need.

NHS Evidence

NHS Evidence is managed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is available to both the public and Health care professionals.

Use this resource to search for authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice.

NHSOpenAthens is required to access some resources.


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.

Oxford Medicine Online

Oxford Medicine Online is a digital platform hosting 136 titles from the Oxford University Press' prestigious medical collection.

OpenAthens is required to gain access.


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

Public Health 

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

Renal Drug Database

A key source of prescribing information for clinical and medicines information pharmacists, providing access to over 800 drug monographs.

If you'd like to access this resource, please message

Royal Marsden Manual

The Royal Marsden Manual is now in it's 9th edition and continues to provide access to evidence based skills and procedures related to essential aspects of a patient's care.

Sanford Guide

The Sanford Guide provides clinicians with the tools they need to ensure the appropriate use of antimicrobials at the point of care. If you'd like to access this resource, please message

Social Care Online 

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. UpToDate is designed to get clinical staff the concise, practical answers they need when they need them most — at the point of care.

Earn CME/CE/CPD credits whilst using the resource and you can also download the app!

User Guide

CME Guide

Download the app Guide

Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue lists books and other resources available in the library at Queen Alexandra Hospital (location code H27) in Portsmouth, as well as items held by other NHS libraries across South West England.

SWIMS (Library) catalogue

New Books

Want to know what's new on the library shelves? Check out the New Books List (updated on a monthly basis).

Want to check access to a journal?

Go to NICE Journals and use the search box to find the journal you want.

To access either collection from home, login to your Open Athens account.

Library Services provides the various clinical departments of PHT with (bi)monthly evidence updates. These updates include the latest high level evidence in the particular field and are high impact documents.

Critical Care Neonatal 
Diabetes Occupational Therapy in Stroke
Emergency Care Older Person's Medicine
Endoscopy  Oncology
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Alcohol Paediatrics
Haematology Palliative Care
Human Resources Quality Improvement
Maternity, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Respiratory

If we currently do not create an evidence update for your department, if you are not receiving your departments evidence update, or you would like to receive the evidence updates directly, please do not hesitate to contact the Clinical Librarians

The COVID-19 Evidence Update has been created on a weekly basis over a five month period. Although the update is now discontinued, you can still request a literature search of all articles by contacting the Clinical Librarians   

 Up to 12th March  13-17th March 18-24th March 25-30th March
 31st March - 5th April 6-13th April   14th-21st April 22nd-27th April
28th April - 4th May 5-11th May 11-17th May 18-24th May
25th-31st May  1st-7th June 8-14th June  15th-21st June
22nd-28th June   29th June - 5th July 6-12th July 13-19th July

The evidence collected and presented here is OpenAccess and free to use.


KnowledgeShare updates are targeted towards an individuals pre-selected interests. Updates focus on the evidence that can change practice, and the latest publications on quality, safety, education and patient experience.

To sign-up download the KnowledgeShare form and email to

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 it 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-September 2021

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. There are links below to the different services offered by both the Library and the Research and Development department. 

  • Reference management software package, EndNote, is available to use online and in the Library IT Suite (on the QuAD Centre ground floor) - contact the library team for more information.
  • Do you have an idea for a research project?  For information on how to carry out clinical research at Portsmouth and for support getting your project up and running please visit the Research Department website
  • Evidence-based (literature) search services and information skills training are provided by the Clinical Librarians to save you time and can be useful as the initial step for your own research. Email for more information or to request a search.

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

If you would like assistance on how to find the best evidence to support your study, please contact

Below you will find links to your institution and their library support.

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


Critical Appraisal

Discover how to assess a clinical paper for reliability and relevance.

NHS Evidence and HDAS - Healthcare Databases Advanced Search

How to use both the NHS evidence one-box search engine and the more advanced database techniques.

Renewing Library Books Online

Learn how to renew your library books online.

If you need further help, please contact the Clinical Librarian team

Telephone: 023 9228 6042 

Patient Information

Worried about finding reliable and trustworthy health information online?

Download our useful 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 2020-2021


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.

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 web sites. 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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