A-Z of Services


Abbreviations  that you are likely to come across during day to day work here at Kettering General Hospital

Alerts & Bulletins

Bulletins and alerts 


We don’t have a library app, but our website is responsively designed to work on all devices. However, some of our resources do have apps available, and you can find these on our Library Apps page.

Article requests

Need an article we don’t have access to? You can order a copy and we’ll obtain it for you.


KGH Library offers a comb-binding service, with a 24 hour turnaround time. Cost is £2.00 for up to 16mm depth, or £3.00 for over 16mm depth. 

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is a database of evidence summaries, accessible to all NHS staff and students. It also includes clinical calculators, patient information leaflets, and procedural videos.

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is a searchable database of case reports, accessible to KGH colleagues. KGH colleagues can also submit their own case reports for free. Contact us for our fellowship number if you wish to do this.

BNF / BNF for Children

BNF (British National Formulary) and the BNF for Children are available to holders of NHS OpenAthens accounts.

Apps for mobile devices are also available.

Book Clubs

We have two book clubs at KGH ‚Äď one sharing leisure reading and the other looking at books themed around leadership.

 Book requests

Need a book we don’t have access to? You can order a copy and we’ll obtain it for you.

Book reservations

If you need a book that is held in KGH Library, whether it is on loan, or you simply want it put to one side for collection, you can reserve it through the catalogue using your library barcode number.

Books on Prescription   

We have many of the titles from the Books on Prescription scheme available in our Healthy Lives collections. This is part of our Well-Being @ Work initiative.

Bulletins & Alerts

Bulletins and alerts 


The KGH Library Catalogue  includes all the print books held in KGH Library. As well as searching for books, you can reserve books, view your account, and make suggestions for the library.

Clinical Knowledge Summaries


Provided by NICE –¬†Clinical Knowledge Summaries are concise, accessible summaries of current evidence for primary care professionals. There are over 370 topics to choose from.

The topics focus on the most common and significant presentations in primary care. They give trusted information to support safe decision-making and improve standards of patient care.

Colouring sheets

Stressed? We have a range of colouring sheets for adults and colouring pencils that you can use in the library as part of our Well-Being @ Work initiative.


The library has PCs available to use in the IT drop-in room.

Critical appraisal support

We can provide training in the basic of critical appraisal techniques to groups, and we also provide some online training resources.

Current Awareness

Bulletins and alerts 

Keeping up-to-date

Evidence updates


We offer access to a wide range of databases for literature searching, including CINAHL and Medline that can be searched from the Resources Search article tab, and others such as EMBASE, PsycINFO, HMIC and more that can be searched via the NICE Healthcare Databases Advanced Search interface. For advice on which database to choose, visit the Knowledge Navigator page.


The DynaMed clinical decision support tool is available to KGH staff and students, both on and off-site, and via mobile app.


We have titles available through the ProQuest Ebook Central service to eligible users with OpenAthens accounts. Books can be viewed online, or downloaded to mobile devices for up to 14 days at at time. Visit our guide to downloading e-books for more information.


HEE has purchased content is available to each region, comprising both a range of clinical, CPD and leadership titles, as well as a diversity and inclusion collection.  

Available via the Kortext NHS plaform.

An NHS OpenAthens account is required to access the titles, which can be viewed on a PC or via a mobile device app.

You can find more information and help on the Kortext support page 

Evidence searches

We can carry out searches on your behalf to identify journal articles, guidelines, systematic reviews and other material to help meet your requirements.

If your search is for coursework, we’ll ask  you to do the search yourself but we are happy to offer training on how to search.

Evidence Updates

Our KnowledgeShare Evidence Update service is a personalised current awareness service allowing you to receive new evidence on topics  tailored to your requirements. It covers policy documents and a range of summarised evidence, so you won’t be inundated with primary research articles, and emails are sent each fortnight.

Exam collections

KGH library has collections of revision and exam preparation books for undergraduate medical students, and postgraduate medical courses (such as MRCP, MRCS, MRCPCH etc.).


Like us on Facebook! Other Facebook groups or pages you might be interested in are KGH What have you done for me lately? Colleague group .


You’ll be happy to know we don’t charge fines on overdue books, unless the book is requested by someone else. In this case, we will charge £10.00 if we have to send a recall letter.  If books are not returned by their due date or recall date we will invoice you for the full RRP of each book. 


We have headphones available for you to use.

Health awareness event displays

At KGH library we have regular displays to support national or local health awareness events. Let us know if your team would like to have a display in the library.

Health Literacy

With up to 61 per cent of the working age population in England finding it difficult to understand health and wellbeing information, many struggle to manage their health adequately.

We have a number of resources in our Health Literacy hub to support all patients and colleagues with health literacy and health literacy awareness, and can even offer health literacy awareness training for you or your team.  

Healthy Lives Collections

KGH Library has a Healthy Lives collections to support your own well-being and that of your family, including books on mindfulness, pregnancy, parenting, stress management, exercise and more. This is part of our Well-Being @ Work initiative.


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We have ongoing jigsaw puzzles in the library to help you relax, so feel free to pop in and do a bit of jigsaw. This is part of our Well-Being @ Work initiative.

Joining the library

You can register online, or pop into the library to register with us (please bring your ID with you that shows who you work for or are studying with). There is more information about who can join on the registration page.

Journal club support

Running a journal club, or thinking about starting one? We can help!


We have access to over 3,500 journal titles, though not all titles will have all issues available. To check whether the one you want is available, visit the ‚ÄėArticles‚Äô tab on Resource Search.

Knowledge Mobilisation

The ‚ÄúKnowledge Mobilisation toolkit‚ÄĚ includes tools and techniques you can help you:

  • Apply and use evidence in decision making
  • Build know-how
  • Continue to learn
  • Initiate and progress a Quality Improvement project

Our KnowledgeShare Evidence Update service is a personalised current awareness service allowing you to receive new evidence on topics  tailored to your requirements. It covers policy documents and a range of summarised evidence, so you won’t be inundated with primary research articles, and emails are sent each fortnight.


We have a laminator, and we’re happy to do the laminating for you. A4 is £1.00 and A3 is £1.50

Leadership Zone

The Library have well-stocked collections of books to support leadership and management in designated Leadership Zones.

Leisure Collections

We have collections of leisure reading books in our library, that include a range of novels, biographies and non-fiction titles.

We accept donations of good quality books, so please feel free to pass on to us titles you’ve enjoyed and want to share with colleagues.

This is part of our Well-Being @ Work initiative.

Literature searches

We can carry out searches on your behalf to identify journal articles, guidelines, systematic reviews and other material to help meet your requirements.

If your search is for coursework, we’ll ask  you to do the search yourself but we are happy to offer training on how to search.


Would you like to invite a librarian to your team meeting? We’re happy to come along and talk about or demonstrate some of the resources we offer.

Meeting Rooms

Within PWEC are several bookable Seminar Rooms, managed by the PWEC reception.

Mood Boosting Books

We have a number of the Mood-Boosting Books selected by the Reading Agency as being uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. These are available as part of our Leisure Collections.

Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation Resource Boxes (Coming soon)

We have a variety of Resource Boxes available to teams to borrow for 28 days at a time containing a range of books and other resources on specific topics, and one of these contains resources to support nursing and midwifery revalidation.

Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation resources

As well as the Resource Boxes, we also have revalidation forms available to take away, and can support you in a number of other ways such as training to help you find suitable journal articles to reflect on, and books on topics such as reflection, portfolio building, writing and lots more.

Resource Search

Resource Search is our one-stop search facility for a range of library resources, including books, e-books, articles, evidence resources and journals.


OpenAthens is a password system for access to a range of information resources purchased nationally and locally. They are free of charge, and all NHS staff and students can have one.

Visit our OpenAthens page for details of how to get an account.

Out of Hours access

Access 24 hours a day, seven days a week is available to eligible users on application.

Patient information resources

Visit our Resources for patient and the public page to search a range of resources for consumer and patient health information resources.


The Library offers black and white photocopying. For photocopying charges please visit the IT, Printing and WiFi page.


For printing charges please visit the IT, Printing and WiFi page.

Quality Improvement Hub

Dedicated resources for Quality Improvement

Read by QxMD

Use Read by QxMD to create a personalised alerting service for journal articles, and connect to full-text if your organisation subscribes to the journal. You can link to the journal collections of KGH. Free registration required, along with an NHS OpenAthens to access full-text articles.

Reminiscence boxes

We have reminiscence boxes available in the library to help support people with dementia. The boxes contain items to provoke memories and discussion, and have been developed in collaboration with the Dementia Lead Nurse. They can be borrowed by staff for use in wards and departments to jog a memory and start a conversation.

Renewing your books

We provide automatic renewals, up to a total of 12 weeks of loan.

If you’ve reached your maximum number of automatic renewals, you can renew your loans  by visiting the library desk or by phone. 

If someone else is waiting for the book, or if it has come from another library it may not be possible to renew it.

Research Hub

The Research Hub has details of publications by KGH colleagues, as well as resources to support research.

Returning your books

Books can be returned to KGH Library, and if we’re closed (and you don’t have out of hours access) we have a book return box outside the Library near the 24/7 access door.

Room bookings

We have a bookable individual study room in the Library.

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

As well as print copies, we also have online access available to eligible members via NHS OpenAthens. Access is also available to KGH staff via the K-net.


We host the SPSS statistics software package on behalf of the Research and Development Department.

If you are carrying out audit or other research on behalf of the Trust and would benefit from having access to this package please contact kgh-tr.library.index@nhs.net for further details.

For those of you completely new to SPSS Margaret Theaker can offer a basic tutorial to get you started.

Staff Publications

We keep details of publications by staff in KGH, and more information can be found on our Research Hub. If you’ve published something, you can submit the details for inclusion.

Student Hub

Survey Monkey

The library hosts SurveyMonkey

With methodologist-certified survey templates, you can create many types of surveys and get the answers you need to make better decisions.

We can help you quickly and easily set up  surveys or questionairres to help your research, find out what people think about a plan, proposal or training event, or gather feedback on any topic

Training and assistance

We’re happy to provide training in information skills, and this can be at your workplace or in the library. We can also provide assistance over the phone or email if you are struggling to access information.


Follow us on Twitter @KGHNHSLibrary. Need help setting up or using Twitter? We’re happy to help with using Twitter too!

Videos and YouTube

For those who prefer their guides and information in a visual format we have compiled a library of useful videos and links.

Vocational Qualification books

We already stock a number of books to support vocational qualification, including the Diploma in Health and Social Care, but if we don’t have what you need let us know and we’ll obtain copies for you.

Volunteer access

Volunteers working with KGH can register as library members, borrow books, and use the PCs.

Wellbeing @ Work

weCARE cafe


The Library has access to free public WiFi (via ‚ÄėNHS Wi-Fi‚Äô), In addition to NHS WiFi for KGH and ‘BYOD’ devices.