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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
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01473 702544 (Ext 1544)


Library & Learning Resources
Education Centre
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Heath Road
Ipswich IP4 5PD

Staffed hours:

Monday – Friday
8.30 – 17.00.

Out of hours smartcard access is available: contact the library office for details.



What's new?

  • Training dates.  Click here for the latest list of online literature searching training dates offered by the library.
  • Patient and public healthcare information. Access to the best quality patient information resources here.
  • UpToDate access to continue through 2018. In the recent library survey 78% of respondents said it was essential for Ipswich Hospital staff to have access to point-of-care information tool, with a further 32% saying it was ‘very important’. Respondents overwhelmingly favoured UpToDate with many staff commenting upon how they used UpToDate in practice.  The information gathered from the survey played a vital role in informing the decision to renew the UpToDate subscription, and thank you to all those who took part.


The library provides resources and services to all NHS staff employed by Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, undergraduate and medical students on placement and also staff employed by Suffolk Community Healthcare. We have a strong commitment to providing a high quality service for all of our users. Our service standards, updated in 2017 for users can be found here.

Key services and resources

  • Access to online content: Access to a range of online journals covering all aspects of healthcare. All journals are now online-only and accessed via an NHS Athens password. Guides to the online content can be found on our Leaflets and Guides page.
  • Document supply: We will identify, locate, download and supply articles on your behalf. Most articles are now supplied free of charge.
  • Information support and search services: We will search the online healthcare literature on your behalf. Searches can be brief; “I’d like more information about …” to extended, structured searches in support of original research and systematic reviews. Call or email us to discuss your requirements.
  • Training: We offer a range of training that ranges from how to find and access online journals to how to carry out detailed healthcare database searches. See our training page for more information.
  • Books  The library holds more than 6000 books covering all aspects of medicine and healthcare, including mental health.

Library Charges (Updated June 2017)

  • Printing and photocopying. A4 4p/page. A3 8p/page. (single-sided)
  • Overdue books. Standard loan 10p/day. Short loan 25p/day


To find out more about any of these services, see our Key Services and Resources page.