A-Z of the Library

About us

The main role of Patricia Bowen Library & Knowledge Service is to facilitate knowledge sharing in delivering high quality health services


Check books, journals, news relevant to A&E


Check books, journals, news relevant to Anaesthetics


The Library book stock aims to reflect the interests of all readers. The library online catalogue is available, you can browse or search the catalogue for books, eBooks, staff publications.

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is an award winning journal that delivers a focused, peer-reviewed, valuable collection of cases in all disciplines. You can access it with your OpenAthens, You can get a code from the library if you want to submit a case report, it is FREE.

BMJ Onexamination Codes

We can provide onexamination codes for Trainee doctors  if you are preparing for postgraduate exams, please contact us for details

BNF / BNF for Children

The new BNF & BNFC App is now available, giving you access to practical, evidence-based medicines information wherever you are. You can access BNF online.


Check books, journals, news relevant to Cardiovascular


The Library Catalogue includes all the print and eBooks books available.You can search the library book stock/eBooks and also search for staff publications.

Clinical Question Answers

You can request a search to answer your clinical questions. We conduct a quick search and send you the results same day.

Clinical Questions

Clinical questions repository,  queries requested by WMUH O&G team and search results provided.


clinicalskills.net is the online educational resource which support training and best practice in clinical skills. Access is available either by a link on the intranet, or via OpenAthens.

Colouring Books

We have a  colouring books and colouring pencils in our Health & Wellbeing Zone, you can use them to relax and de-stress, this is part of Well-Being @ Work initiative.


The Library has number of PC’s (some available 24-hours) with Internet access and Microsoft Office. Printing facilities are available 24 hours.

Contact us

Tel: 0208 321 5968. email: library.infoservice@chelwest.nhs.uk. post: Patricia Bowen Library & Knowledge Service, Education Centre, West Middlesex Hospital, Twickenham Road. Isleworth , TW7 6AF.

Critical Appraisal Support

We can provide overview of the critical appraisal process and critical appraisal techniques to groups, facilitate Critical Appraisal- Qualitative and Quantitative. Contact us for the training dates.

Current Awareness

Our Current Awareness Portal is created using RSS feeds and news feeds with the aim of helping Trust staff to access current information on different specialties on a single point of access.

COVID-19 -Library update

Diabetes & Endocrinology

Find books and journals relevant to Diabetes & Endocrinology


Find books and journals relevant to Dermatology

Discovery Tool

The ‘Discovery tool‘ is a powerful means of accessing all the library information resources through a single search.

Doctors Revalidation

Doctors Revalidation

Document Requests

We offer service to request journal article or books that we don’t hold in the library or available online via your OpenAthens. You can request items.

Drop in Sessions

We run drop in sessions for training, literature search assistance, journal access etc.


Library has subscription to DynaMed, a clinical reference tool. Staff can access this tool without any password on the Trust networked computers. Find more information


The Library provides access to number of e-books. To access these you must login to your OpenAthens

Elderly care

Find books and journals relevant to elderly care

eLearning Zone

We have dedicated eLearning Zone with 5 PCs available for staff 24 hours, to complete their statutory/Mandatory training. Links to free eLearning courses are available on the library website for your CPD.


We answer enquiries related to your information needs in person or over the phone or via email.


We can carry out searches on your behalf, and have two levels of search available, a Clinical Question Answering Service, and a Literature Search service.

Exam collections

The library stock covers revision and exam preparation books for undergraduate medical students, and postgraduate medical courses (such as MRCP, MRCS, MRCPCH etc.).


email:  library.infoservice@chelwest.nhs.uk to give feedback on any library matters


Find books and journals relevant to gastroenterology

Group study Room

We have a small group study room for group work and collaboration. You can use this room for Maximum 2 hours at a time. Due to social distancing it is now limited to 2 people only.


Find books and journals relevant to haematology

Health Awareness Displays

We regularly host displays in the library to support national or local health awareness events. Let us know if your team would like to have a display in the library.

Health Management

Find books and journals relevant to health management and health Management current awareness bulletins

Health and Wellbeing Zone

We have health & Wellbeing Zone in the 24 hour section of the library. The zone contains comfy chairs for staff to relax, read wellbeing books( includes mindfulness stress management, healthy eating), a dedicated PC for listening relaxation/meditation audio cd’s and viewing health and wellbeing audio visual material and related websites. You can borrow wellbeing books over night or week end. We also keep Puzzles/jigsaws, colouring books and pencils for staff to use them to relax and de-stress as part of Well-Being @ Work initiative.

Impact of services

To demonstrate the value and impact of our services at WMUH , we have submitted some case studies to HEE Knowledge for Health Care.

Improvement & Innovation

Access improvement & innovation portal

Infection Control

Find books and journals relevant to infection control

Innovation Zone

Find library books, innovation resources and innovation & improvement news in the innovation Zone

Institutional Research Repository

We have created an Institutional Research Repository of staff publications with the aim of preserving and archiving Trust staff research and to showcase Trust research outputs. We have created pubmed links to articles and full text links with author’s permission and in compliance with publisher’s open access policies.


We have jigsaw/puzzles in the Health & Wellbeing Zone to help you relax and de-stress, so feel free to pop in and do a bit of jigsaw.

Joining the library

You can join the library if you are employed by the Trust. Trust ID/proof of employment will be required. Library joining forms are available at the counter.

Journal club support

If you/your department are part of a Journal Club or considering starting the Journal Club, Library can provide support


You can access both print and online journals. To access online journals you need login to OpenAthens. If you don’t have OpenAthens account you can register online.


KnowledgeShare provide personalized email alerts which includes latest articles, policy documents, websites, guidance and books on topics of your interest.

Library Documents

Library strategy, annual report, survey report, newsletters under about us section

Literature searches

We can conduct searches for you for work related reading and patient care, we can identify journal articles, guidelines, systematic reviews and other material to help meet your requirements. If your search is for coursework, we will ask you to do the search yourself but we are happy to offer training on how to search.

Medical Apps

Library portal for Medical Apps (please note: this is not updated)


Would you like to invite a librarian to your MDT meeting or handover meeting or team meetings? We are happy to come along to talk about the library services and resources or demonstrate some of the resources we offer.


Find books and journals relevant to midwifery


Find musculoskeletal resources


Find nursing resources

Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation

Library staff can help with nursing and midwifery revalidation, finding suitable articles, guidelines or reviews and can train you to search the databases and locate articles. You can attend reflective reading training, it covers towards your CPD points.

O&G Clinical Questions

To meet the growing need for library services to be delivered at the point of care, we started Clinical and outreach librarians’ services at Women’s health & Maternity unit.

We have created a repository of clinical questions requested by WMUH O&G team. Let us know if you want similar service for your department/ team.

O&G Resources

Find O&G resources and bulletins

Onexamination Codes

We can provide BMJ onexamination codes for Trainee doctors  if you are preparing for postgraduate exams, please contact us for details


Resources related to Oncology


An OpenAthens account allows access to a range of quality information online. Users can access Healthcare Databases Advanced Search(HDAS) and nationally and locally purchased content. You can register here for OpenAthens if you haven’t already registered.

Other Updates

Other updates Provide recent articles and news from professional bodies about leadership, patient safety, sepsis, public health etc.

Out of Hours access

Access to one section of the library is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to eligible library members. Use your Trust ID badge to access. If you are a new staff to Trust contact library for 24 hour library access.


Find Paediatrics  resources

Patient information

We have created a website for Health Information  to help patients to access good quality information and local support group information quickly & easily . We also compiled a list of WMUH patient information leaflets.

We have been providing health information support to cardiology patients since 2010. Let us know if you would like health information support for your patient, we are happy to help!


our performance


Pharmacy resources


Physiotherapy resources


Photocopier is available in the 24 hour section, use your Trust ID badge to collect your printouts, your department get charged for the photocopying.


If you have submitted/presented a poster in a conference, please send the details to us, we can add them to the Institutional repository of staff publications, you can send pdf of your poster, we can upload it on to the repository. please contact us for more details.


There is a networked printer in the 24 hour section, use your Trust ID badge to collect your printouts (printer name is CHELWEST_MONO on cwmps00/03). Your department get charged for the printing.

Quiet Study Room

A small study room for quiet study is available during library opening hours. Contact us to use this room.

Renewing your books

You can renew your books by email or phone, Tel: 0208321 5968. Email: library.infoservice@chelwest.nhs.uk

You can renew the books 6 times, after 6th renewal you need to bring them in to borrow again you can borrow if no-one else has reserved them.

Returning your books

You can return your books at the library counter during library opening hours. When we are closed you can drop the books in the book returns box outside the library. BUCKS students can return their books at the library counter or drop their BUCKS books in the BUCKS Book returns box in the library, the courier will collect the books every fortnight.

Request Items

We offer services to request items that we do not hold. Submit online form to request items

Research Hub

The Library Research Hub  has details of publications as well as resources to support research. We can also create Staff research profiles.


Resources relevant to respiratory medicine

Returning your books

Books can be returned during library opening hours. There is a book returns box outside the library, you can drop the books in the box when we are closed.

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

We have print copies in the library, we also have online access via OpenAthens. Trust Staff can access without password on the Trust intranet.


There is a scanner available in the 24 hour section, use your Trust ID badge to scan items.


Find sepsis topic update. Please let us know if you want us to prepare any topic update

Staff Publications

We compile WMUH and CWMH staff publications, more information can be found on our Research Hub. If your publication is not available on our repository you can submit the details for inclusion.

Study Room

A small study room for quiet study or small group study is available for library users during library opening hours. Library users can book this room for few hours at a time. please contact us for more details.

Training and Assistance

We provide training in information skills, and this can be a 1-1 or group, it can be at your workplace or in the library

Useful Resources

Links to useful resources


World’s largest medical image library, covers 40,000+ images,covers geenral medicine and other specialties. Access with OpenAthens login.


There is WMUH open wifi (see the intranet guide) available in the library. Trust devices automatically connect to WMUH Wifi, for students Eduroam is available (for students with participating institutions).

Library News

Library Discovery Tool

Check out our guide for a brief overview, how to access and use the Discovery tool. Trouble accessing or have questions?  Please contact us

BMJ Best Practice, clinical decision support tool is now available. Access it on the Trust intranet without password, access remotely with NHS OpenAthens, download the app to access on mobile devices anywhere. See the  user guide for details.

Access to DynaMed is available via Cerner EPR. Contact us for more details.

Latest Staff Publications lists:

COVID- 19 Staff Publications

WMUH -2021

CWMH (can download only on the Trust computers)

Institutional Repository of Staff Publications

Latest Health Management Bulletin

BBC News – Health

A single dose of the Pfizer or Oxford vaccine cuts hospital admissions of older people by about 80%.
Singing to the tune of her hit song Jolene, the country star, 75, promotes coronavirus vaccinations.
The race is on to find out if those with cancer and other conditions can be protected as the UK unlocks.
Actress Ruthie Henshall is calling for more visiting access to family members in care homes.
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.

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