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Basildon Healthcare Library

is a multidisciplinary library which supports all NHS and Social Care staff as well as 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

Easter Opening Times

Good Friday Closed

Easter Monday Closed

Tuesday 22nd April 9am - 5pm

Wednesday 23rd April 9am - 5pm

Thursday 24th April 9am - 5pm

Friday 25th April 9am - 5pm

Back to normal opening hours from Monday 28th April

Changes to NHS Athens

OpenAthens have recently updated their user interface.

As a result access to some the online databases and journals have been available only intermittently, and you may find that you need to log in twice before gaining access.

The problems are under investigation.

If you do experience difficulties, please log off and try again later.

If the problem persists please contact the library team who will investigate the issue for you.

Book Drop Box Now 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.

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS)

The new Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) service provided by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is now live.

The new CKS service will provide summaries of the best available evidence and practical guidance on best practice in an accessible, easy to use format aimed at Primary Care Practitioners, covering a full range of Primary Care Presentations for over 300 primary care topics when it launches. It will also introduce up to 10 new primary care topics each year.


closureUpToDate is a dynamic, comprehensive, up-to-date, peer-reviewed and fully cross-referenced on-line evidence-based Point of Care clinical resource. You can access it from The Hub while at work.

However, you can still access this resource from outside the Trust from a PC or device with an Internet connection as long as you have a valid BTUH NHS Athens login. You can access this resource by selecting the above link. To access the full text, you will need to select Subscribers Log in here and then select Log in via Athens. Enter your valid NHS Athens password.


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