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16 Jun

Virtual Randomized Coffee Break

June 16, 2020 | By |

Coffee and notepad

Coffee drinking not compulsory!

Sign up to our Virtual Randomized Coffee Break for an easy way to connect with colleagues in other RCHT & CFT departments and workplaces.

In these challenging times when it is harder to meet up with people and some of us may be feeling isolated working from home, this is a fantastic but simple way to connect people, ideas, and knowledge.

• Register your interest with the library by 6th July (name, department, email address)
• We will randomly link you with two other people from RCHT or CFT
• Arrange in your group to meet online for a coffee, cup of tea or just a chat – 15-30 minutes or as long as want
• You might chat about how you are coping with today’s challenges, job roles, work experience, but please feel free to talk about anything you like!


08 Jun

Coronavirus update

June 8, 2020 | By |

Cornwall Health Libraries at Treliske and Bodmin will aim to stay open throughout the Coronavirus outbreak. During this time, the library at Banham House, Bodmin Hospital will only be staffed on Tuesdays.

All staff, volunteers and students are very welcome to come in for rest breaks.  The main library in Truro has comfortable seating, water, a coffee machine, and food is allowed.

Please ask if you would like to have books for a longer loan period, or borrow more than the usual limit of 12 books.

During this period, staffing levels may vary and some requests may take longer to satisfy.


Library access:

Royal Cornwall Hospital, Knowledge Spa
During staffed hours (08.30 – 17.30) – swipe in with your NHS ID badge or ring 07825826787
Out of staffed hours – swipe in with your NHS ID badge if you have registered for out of hours access or ring 07825826787

Our self-service machine in the Knowledge Spa library can be used to take out and return books out-of-hours.

Bodmin Hospital, Banham House
Current library opening hours are Tuesdays 8.30am – 4.30pm. Out of hours access is available for members of the library.

See our out of hours access page for further details.


Listed below are some of the changes taking place in the library to keep both library users and staff members safe, along with corresponding evidence to support what we are doing.

Changes Evidence
PCs and seating in the library have been spaced out to allow for social distancing.

Number of people allowed in study rooms has also been reduced. – Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
Items returned to the library will be quarantined for 3 days before going back on the shelves, to allow for any potential virus remnants to be deactivated. Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1
N Engl J Med 2020; 382:1564-1567
Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents
Journal of Hospital Infection 104 (2020) 246-251
Hand sanitization stations have been placed throughout the library to allow for frequent hand washing.

Detergent wipes are also available to clean surfaces and wipe library PCs before and after use.

Cleaning your workplace to reduce risk from coronavirus (COVID-19)

Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak


If you are visiting the library, please also abide by the Knowledge Spa building’s general regulations, which are as follows:

  • Safely dispose of face masks in clinical waste bin located at the entrance of the building
  • Use hand gel located at all main entrances and throughout the building
  • Wash hands regularly
  • Stay 2 metres apart while working and on breaks
  • Observe and do not exceed the room capacity
  • Clean seminar rooms before and after use
  • Keep left in the stairwells and corridors, please do not stop to talk

    29 Apr

    Relevant journal articles and resources available for free by various publishers and organisations.

    A 3D medical illustration of 2019 Novel Coronavirus, derived from a CDC released image.
    The cross-section shows the inner components of the virus. [CC BY-SA]

    If you are a patient, please visit the Royal Cornwall Hospitals website for advice.

    An interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time from the John Hopkin’s University

    Information hubs

    BMJ’s Coronavirus (Covid-19) Hub
    Practical guidance, online CPD courses, latest news, comment, and research from the BMJ

    Elsevier – Novel Coronavirus Information Center
    Clinical information, research/drug discovery, public health information and patient resources.

    Lancet – COVID-19 Resource Centre
    COVID-19 content from across The Lancet journals as it is published. All COVID-19 content is free to access.

    National Library of Medicine
    News, clinical studies and journal articles on Coronavirus from the National Library of Medicine.

    Access to journals published by Springer, AdisInsight for profiles of drug development programs, Nano for the effects of nanomaterials on coronavirus and Springer Nature Experiments for relevant design protocols.

    World Health Organisation
    News, public advice, travel advice, reports and more from the WHO.

    Point of care tools/clinical decision support resources

    BMJ Best Practice
    Step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention using evidence based methodology and expert opinion.

    Information on the diagnosis and management of Coronavirus, and infection control.

    UpToDate – Clinical Effectiveness COVID-19 Resources
    Clinical effectiveness Coronavirus resources available to all.

    Guidelines and policies

    Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US)
    Guidance and advice on Coronavirus from the CDC.

    Department of Health and Social Care (UK)
    The latest number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and risk level in the UK.

    NICE – Guidelines and evidence
    Rapid guidelines and evidence summaries on Coronavirus from NICE.

    Evidence-based summaries

    Clinical Knowledge Summaries
    Aimed at healthcare professionals working within the NHS in UK, and providing first contact or primary healthcare. This CKS is largely based on Public Health England (PHE) guidance and contains guidance from NICE.

    Evidenceaid – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Evidence Collection
    Evidence Aid is a not-for-profit organisation which specialises in summarising the best-available evidence about how to effectively prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies.

    JBI COVID-19 Special Collection
    Includes JBI Evidence Summaries that provide a summary of the best available evidence including best practice recommendations and JBI Recommended Practices that provide standardised, detailed descriptions of best practice care procedures.

    Public Health England (UK)
    Services, news, , policies, guidance, research and statistics on Coronavirus from PHE.

    The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine – Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service
    Rapid reviews of primary care questions relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, updated regularly.

    Journal collections and databases

    Cambridge University Press
    Free articles and book chapters from Cambridge University Press published resources.

    Chinese journal database.

    Cochrane Library – Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care
    The aim of this Special Collection is to ensure immediate access to systematic reviews most directly relevant to the management of people hospitalized with severe acute respiratory infections

    Cochrane Library – Coronavirus (COVID-19): infection control and prevention measures
    The aim of this Special Collection is to ensure immediate access to systematic reviews most directly relevant to the prevention of infection.

    MAG Online Library
    Free access journal articles on Coronavirus, hand hygiene and PPE, and ICU skills from the MAG Online Library.

    medRxiv/bioRxiv – COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 preprints
    A platform for researchers to share their work for feedback before publication.
    Important: These are preliminary reports that have not been peer-reviewed.

    New England Journal of Medicine
    A collection of articles and other resources on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, including clinical reports, management guidelines, and commentary.

    Oxford University Press
    Journal articles, book chapters, blogs and other resources.

    RCNi – COVID-19 resource centre for nurses 
    A collection of free news and evidence-based resources relevant to the COVID-19

    Free access to coronavirus related articles and books.

    World Health Organisation – Global research on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
    This database represents a comprehensive multilingual source of current literature and also links to trials registeries.

    Latest articles from the BMJ, Lancet, NEJM and JAMA


    Arterial Blood Gas Analysis - making it easyM&K Update
    Mechanical Ventilation: Physiology and Practice (2nd edition)Oxford University Press
    Medical Ventilator System Basics: A clinical guideOxford University Press
    Oxford Handbook of Acute Medicine (4th edition)Oxford University Press
    Oxford Handbook of Critical CareOxford University Press
    Oxford Handbook of Critical Care Nursing (2nd edition)Oxford University Press
    Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Medicine (3rd edition)Oxford University Press
    Oxford Medicine Online e-book collectionOxford University Press
    (login with your OpenAthens account)
    Respiratory Care: Assessment and ManagementM&K Update
    Ward-based Critical Care: A guide for health professionalsM&K Update

    E-learning resources

    BMJ Learning – free online courses
    Free online courses on Coronavirus, critical care, infection control, airways management, and many more.

    Health Education England e-learning resources
    HEE has launched a range of learning pathways for nurses, midwives and AHPs as part of the e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) COVID-19 programme.

    Kingsfund – Leading through Covid-19
    These pages aim to provide support to health and care leaders, whether you are working in the NHS, social care, public health or the voluntary and independent sector.

    Background reading

    How hand sanitisers protect against infections
    What’s in hand sanitisers and how effective are they in comparison to hand washing? This graphic takes a look.

    Oxford University Press – History of Outbreaks Collection
    While we cannot predict exactly when or where the next epidemic or pandemic will begin, we can explore and learn from outbreaks of the past.