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Basildon Healthcare Library

is a multidisciplinary library which supports all NHS and Social Care staff including Students on placement in South West Essex, in their everyday working practice. The Library provides electronic resources, details of which are available on this website. Our physical presence is located in the Education Centre at Basildon Hospital, which you are welcome to visit. We support a wide range of activities, from evidence-based practice to professional development to research.

Library News

Bank Holiday Staffing Times

The library will not be staffed on Monday 4th and 25th May 2015 due to the bank holiday.

Remember you can always renew your books on ELMS.

Changes to Healthcare databases Advanced Search (HDAS)

Important changes to the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS), accessed via NHS Athens, are coming. These databases include MEDLINE and PSYCHINFO.

From April 1st the NHS is changing its database supplier from OVID to PROQUEST. Don't worry, the way you search and the search interface will remain the same. However behind the scenes it does mean certain things have changed, including how searches are saved.

Unfortunately any SEARCHES and ALERTS done on the above two databases, which you currently have SAVED will NOT be transferred when the changes take place.

If you need to keep these searches you need to save them separately following the instructions available here.

Please don't worry about the terminology used in the attached document. National Core Content just refers to what is purchased nationally for NHS and social care staff to use. You also have access to more resources which have been purchased by this library or the East of England which are accessible via the databases or on this website.

Welcome to the BTUH Book Club


Wish you could read the latest books for free, write reviews for other readers and chat with others about the plot?

Well now you can. Working in partnership, BTUH's communications team, Basildon Healthcare Library and Penguin books, are launching the BTUH Book Club and we're looking for 30 keen readers to join.

The first 30 members of staff who email Communications will be given a book every month and become part of the club. In return, you will be expected to write a short review of the book on Amazon and Good Reads. There will also be a discussion thread on the Hub for anyone who wishes to discuss the book with other members.

If you want to be involved and there are no books left, we will place your name on a waiting list.

If you're interested in being part of the BTUH Book Club please email Nicola Laver. All names will be registered and the first 30 will be able to collect their free book from the communications office on level K of the tower block.

The next book is called The Tutor by Andrea Chapin.

WiFi Available Now

A trial is currently underway offering access to WiFi within the Education Centre including Basildon Healthcare Library. Simply connect to Purple-Wifi using your mobile device and complete the online registration form that appears when you first open your internet browser.

BTUH IT account holders can also access WiFi by connecting to BTUH-Mob using their Trust issued username and password, however, please be aware that the IT Department support the BTUH-Mob service on a best endeavours basis, patient care and clinical equipment take priority with regards to service support.

Book Drop Box Available

A drop box is located in the Reception area of the Education Centre. BTUH staff can return books out of hours by using their swipe card to get into the Education Centre.


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