About Us

The Patricia Bowen Library supports the education, lifelong learning, training, research and clinical support needs of all Trust staff and students on clinical placements at West Middlesex University Hospital site.

Joining the Library

Out of Hours Access

Computer & Other Facilities
The library has computers, study spaces and printing/scanning facilities available 24 hours a day. The library book stock aims to reflect the interests of all readers. The library’s catalogue and e-books are available at all terminals in the library.

eLearning & Health & Wellbeing Zones

The library has dedicated spaces for eLearning and Health & Wellbeing,  Health & Wellbeing Zone contains comfy chairs for staff to relax, read wellbeing books, a dedicated PC for listening relaxation/meditation audio cd’s and viewing health and wellbeing audio visual material and related websites.

The collection includes:

  • Mindfulness
  • Stress and Anxiety Management
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Meditation
  • Yoga, Pilates & Tai Chi
  • Healthy Eating

We also have a range of resources to help staff to relax and stay healthy, including on-going jigsaw puzzles, colouring books and colouring pencils to help staff to relax and de-stress, so feel free to pop in and do a bit of jigsaw and colouring. This is part of our Health & Well-Being at work initiative.

A private study room with a Trust networked PC and Imperial networked PC is available for quiet study or group study during library opening hours. Library members can book the room for quiet study/group study for few hours only. This is because to give equal chance to all the library members to utilize the facility. Please contact the library  for more details and how to book this room.



Inter Library Loans
Book titles and journal articles not held in the library can be requested via the inter-library loan service.  There is a small charge for this service.

Current Awareness
The Library can offer a variety of Current Awareness solutions pertaining to your field of practice or interest area. The service includes receiving table of contents alerts via email for specific journal titles and or new citations relating to interest area(s).  Please contact the library for details.

Literature Searches
Library staff conduct literature searches for work related information. Please contact the library for details.

Regular group training sessions for searching for evidence using databases and the Internet are run by library staff.  Training on a one to one basis or sessions tailored to the needs of a specific team can also be arranged with the library trainer by request.  Please contact the library for details.

Photocopying & Printing
A photocopier is available in the 24 hour section of the library for photocopying of items of library stock, please see the NHS Copyright poster next to the photocopier.

Quiet Study Room
A private room with Trust networked PC and Imperial networked PC is available for quiet or group study during library opening hours. Contact the library to book it.

Library Documents

Library Charter

Library Strategy – 2017-2020

Patricia Bowen Library Annual Report 2018-19

Library Annual Report 2017-18

Library Survey Report

Library Newsletter- Spring 2020

Library Newsletter summer 2019

Library Newsletter Summer 2018

Patricia Bowen Library Privacy Policy


Library and Knowledge Services Manager : Uma Devalapalli

Assistant Librarian:  Louise Levitt

Library Assistant: Fiona Price

How to Find Us

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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:


CWMH (can download only on the Trust computers)

Institutional Repository of Staff Publications

Latest Health Management Bulletin

BBC News – Health

Over 2,500 deaths linked to virus in most recent week, but overall fatalities still higher than normal.
Why is lifting restrictions being described as a "dangerous moment"?
He spent four of his weeks in critical care strapped to a ventilator but now he is walking again.
More than 23,000 cancers could have gone undiagnosed during lockdown, Cancer Research UK says.
Millions in the UK will soon be asked to monitor who they have been near to combat coronavirus.

Open Athens
OpenAthens Registration
NHS Evidence
Health Care Databases  (Login with your OpenAthens)
Journals (Login with your OpenAthens)