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Information resources available from Southend Healthcare Library.

ELMS library catalogue

Southend Healthcare Library holds over 7000 books. You can search for books using the online ELMS library catalogue.

The ELMS library catalogue is managed by a cooperative of health libraries in the East of England region. As a registered library member, you can use the ELMS catalogue to browse the entire regional collection.

Library members: login to ELMS using your library card number and PIN to renew your books or place a request.


The library holds a range of print journal titles, covering various periods. Current issues are on display in the library, whilst older journals are held in rolling stacks in the Quiet Study Room.

In addition, many ejournal titles are available online using an NHS Athens username and password.

Book and journal requests

Some books and journal articles may not be readily available. In this case, library members can request them from the library and we will endeavour to obtain them from other regional or national sources.


The following online resources are available to Southend Hospital staff and students on placement using an NHS Athens account:

  • BMJ Case Reports
    Read and submit case reports online. Login in via NHS Athens to read existing case reports. Ask the library about how to submit a case report.
  • UpToDate®
    A point-of-care tool containing evidence-based topic reviews, exportable graphics and more.
  • ClinicalKey®
    A clinical search engine that provides access to ebooks and ejournals from Elsevier, exportable graphics and more.
  • Oxford Medicine Online
    A collection of sixty Oxford Medical and Nursing Handbooks in a single cross-searchable resource.
  • Medical Masterclass
    Elearning to aid preparation for the MRCP (UK) exam and for CPD. Please note that only a limited number of usernames are available for this resource.
    Illustrated clinical skills guidelines and procedures covering adult, child, and moving and handling topics.
  • The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures Online
    Searchable ebook and access to over 200 evidence-based skills and procedures.
  • Visible Body®
    Interactive 3D anatomy and physiology educational tool. Includes: Human Anatomy Atlas, Anatomy & Function, Muscle Premium and Skeleton Premium.
  • KnowledgeShare
    A targeted current awareness service focusing on high-level evidence. Register to specify your areas of interest and receive regular email updates.