What we do

We aim to provide a good quality, effective, efficient and comprehensive library and knowledge service. We are committed to underpinning the improvement of health and wellbeing and the delivery of care at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. We will do this by supporting all those involved to use knowledge and resources to improve healthcare quality outcomes in the pursuit of services that are safe, effective and person-centred. We:

  • Provide a quality assured service delivered by professional, skilled staff

  • Develop the services we offer by working with and listening to our users.

  • Work in partnership locally and nationally to provide access to a range of relevant resources, (physical and virtual), that are fit for purpose and provide best value.

  • Provide the means for our users to develop their skills to effectively and efficiently locate and retrieve the information they require.

  • Provide a friendly welcome to existing and potential users and offer an environment conducive to study, learning and the sharing of knowledge.

  • Provide a variety of specialist and general collections.

  • Can supply books and articles not available locally from other libraries.

  • Offer an Evidence Search and Summary Service to support your decisions in frontline patient care, management and improvement work. For more information please contact us: trust.library@nhs.net.

Medway NHS LKS provides access to print and electronic journals, books, boardgames and multimedia resources and services to help all staff and students find and use the best evidence to support patient care, clinical governance, research, education and professional development.

We have access to thousands of journals and hundreds of books, and many evidence resources, covering an extensive subject range from medicine, nursing, management, education, science, and other health- related areas.
 

We offer article and book request services; literature searching; skills training in evidence searching, critical appraisal and statistics; computer access, free WiFi, and quiet study areas.

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Welcome to the Library

Get in touch

For general enquiries and inter-library loans, please email:
trust.library@nhs.net


To contact the library enquiry Desk, please call: 01634 830000 Ext: 3269

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Opening hours

Book Room

Monday – Friday 8.30-5:00
Closed evening, weekend & Bank Holidays


Journal Room
Monday –Friday
8.30 am-5:00 pm (Staffed)
5:00 pm-10:30 pm (Unstaffed)
Weekend & Bank Holidays
8-30 am- 10:30 pm (Unstaffed)

 
 
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Horizon Scan Service

Do you have an improvement idea but would like to see if anyone else has tried it already? You could get a heads up on the benefits, the problems, and the success or otherwise before you start your improvement journey. Avoid pitfalls, find out what worked and what didn’t, get handy tips, and much more!

If you would like us to conduct an Horizon Scan for you, please complete the form here and email it to us.

Horizon Scan and Knowledge Mobilisation 

Horizon Scan request form

KnowledgeShare

KnowledgeShare is our targeted current awareness service. For more information on how to use this service see below.

KnowledgeShare form

 

E-resources

Register for OpenAthens for quick and free, access to our journals, books and other databases.

Open Athens

Request for information on Library resources

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Book Pages

LKS Catalogue

Use the library catalogue to explore what's available in our LKS. Use your Library membership details to log in.

LKS Catalogue

 

Literature search

Our librarians conduct literature searches in response to requests from clinicians. Priority will be given to searches supporting an urgent clinical need. Please note that we require a
minimum of 10 working days for a full search service.

Literature search request form

Article request form

If you require the full text for articles, please complete the following form:

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Medway Library & Knowledge Services brings together knowledge mobilisation and quality improvement, embedding evidence-based practices and knowledge sharing into everyday activities.

Health Education England (HEE) supports the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement by ensuring the workforce has the right skills and training.

Critical appraisal skills enable you to systematically assess the trustworthiness, relevance and results of published papers.