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Library Lounge

Library Lounge

A health and well being space is now available to WUTH staff and students in the McArdle Library, Education Centre, APH.  The Library Lounge encourages relaxation, mindfulness and reflection, and features comfortable seating, beanbag pods, jigsaws and colouring books.  Please call in and take a look at our new space.  If you’d like to use the space for team activities (e.g. meditation, mindfulness, reflection), please contact us.

Randomised Chocolate Trial

Testing the effects of chocolate consumption was undertaken during a Randomised Chocolate Trial in celebration of International Clinical Trials Day, Friday 19th May. The event which attracted 100 recruits explored the question “Does milk chocolate or white chocolate improve wellbeing?”

The Research Department along with the Library and Knowledge Service celebrated International Clinical Trials Day by holding a Randomised Chocolate Trial. Colleagues were invited to participate and the aim was to highlight the importance of research in healthcare as well as to help participants understand how clinical trials work.

New e-books for all WUTH staff

All WUTH Athens account holders now have access to Community and Public Health titles including:

  • Public Health and Epidemiology at a Glance from the hugely popular ‘At A Glance’ series
  • Health communication : from theory to practice - introduces existing challenges and areas of interest in health communication
  • The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being  - case studies of good practice from around the globe.

You can access these titles and more from the Library & Knowledge Service catalogue.

 All you need is your Open Athens account.

Contact the Library and Knowledge Service for details on accessing the catalogue and registering for an Open Athens account.

Chronicles of Yarnia

The Library & Knowledge Service provided a stall at the recent Health & Wellbeing events.

Consider joining the Library's Chronicles of Yarnia Knitting and Crochet Group 

Notification of scheduled maintenance to BMJ websites

On Saturday 11th January 2020 (0900 to 1700 GMT), a number of BMJ websites will be undergoing maintenance.
This will mean that the following websites will be unavailable for approximately 8 hours:

  • BMJ Best Practice (offline access will be available via the app)
  • BMJ Learning
  • Research to Publication 

Information for users will be posted on our sites before and during the scheduled downtime.  

BMJ runs a policy of continuous improvement in its hosting environments and we will be using this time to complete a project to migrate our hosting services to a more modern, scalable platform. This will result in an improvement in the reliability, robustness and performance of BMJ websites.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please speak to your account manager or contact

Survey Winner

Congratulations to Charlotte Eva, Medical Student on winning the Library & Knowledge Service Survey prize of a £25.00 book token.

Thank you to all who took part in the survey, your views are very important to us.

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) information

Novel Coronavirus (nCoV), Wuhan, China: Further information

A novel coronavirus (nCoV) has been identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. These links provide further information for our users:

Coronavirus health topic on WHO (World Health Organisation):

WHO Novel Coronavirus 2019

WHO Director-General's statement on IHR Emergency Committee on Novel Coronavirus, 22 January 2020:

WHO advice for international travel and trade in relation to the outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus in China (10 January 2020):

WHO Clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected (11 January 2020):

See also WHO Twitter feed for myth-busting: and #Knowthefacts thread:

Novel Coronavirus: CDC Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals:

CDC- Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institute of Health: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Outbreak

UpToDate: Novel Coronavirus discovery has also been added to the ‘Coronaviruses’ entry (Updated 21 January 2020):

BMJ Best Practice: Overview of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) includes a patient information leaflet Guidance on infection prevention and control for Wuhan novel coronavirus Guidance Wuhan novel coronavirus: epidemiology, virology and clinical features (Updated 22 January 2020)

UK Government – Coronavirus latest information and advice

PubMed – Coronavirus Free articles free up to April 2020 but extended as needed

OUP – Free access to Coronavirus resources and related topics