Find the evidence around Long Covid

COVID-19 can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome,  chronic COVID syndrome, or 'Long Covid'. The Office for National Statistics estimates that over the four-week period ending 6 March 2021, an estimated 1.1 million people in private households in the UK reported experiencing Long Covid.

Save time when looking for evidence and guidance around Long Covid. As well as including lots of new Long Covid resources in our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletin, we also have a Long Covid evidence resources page where we've collated some of the best guidance and resources on topics such as prevalance, rehabilitation, health services and resources for people living with the condition.




Learn more about using UpToDate to provide care with confidence

The UpToDate clinical decision support tool provides evidence-based advice on over 11,000 topics to support the diagnoses, treatment and management of common and rare conditions. It can be accessing onsite via the Intranet, or off-site using an NHS OpenAthens account or a personal account created onsite. Mobile apps are also available, and for more information on the various ways to access UpToDate, visit our UpToDate page.

UpToDate are offering a free 30-minute live training session to help you make the best use of UpToDate and explore some of the ways it can help you. Topics covered include:

  • Creating an account
  • Earning and submitting CME/CPD
  • Conducting a normal or advanced search
  • Help reduce medication errors with Drugs & Drug Interactions
  • COVID-19 common questions and answers
  • What's New & Practice Changing Updates
  • Patient engagement and safety

The training is on Tuesday, May 18th at 2.30pm and is being carried on Microsoft Teams. To join, simply follow this link at the time - there is no need to book.





New collection of e-books from Wiley publishers now available

We've just added another package of new e-books to our collection, spanning titles from Wiley publishers from 2017 owards, for instant access to a range of textbooks covering all subject areas, including medicine and nursing. All of these are searchable on our discovery system alongside all our other print and e-books, and it's easy to search using the Books tab on OmniSearch.

All the books in the collection can be accessed with an NHS OpenAthens account and the books are available to staff and students of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.

Here are just a small selection of the e-books now available in this collection:

To open a book, click the link and then select the link to 'Sign in with your OpenAthens account'. Enter your account details and you'll then have full access to the book, including the ability to download whole chapters as PDF files.

There is no mobile app, but the site is optimised for mobile devices.

Keep informed of the latest research with 'Read by QxMD'

If you're looking for an easy way to see the latest articles in your favourite journals or on keywords of interest, Read by QxMD can help.

It's an app and website that tracks articles in healthcare journals and alerts you to new ones matching your interests. More than that, it can make finding the full-text easy as it links to our journal holdings, or locates open access copies. The app version can store your NHS OpenAthens account details - no more logging into OpenAthens each time you want to access an article!

It's free to create a Read by QxMD account, and you can link your account to the journal holdings of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Staffordshire University or Keele University.

You can also add papers to your own virtual collections, recommend papers, and discuss articles.

An alternative to Read by QxMD is our KnowledgeShare service that can now offer tables of contents by email.

Equality and diversity e-book collection

You now have easy access to 23 additional e-books covering topics in equality and diversity. These can all be accessed with an NHS OpenAthens account from anywhere, and are all on the Kortext platform. For more information about using the Kortext e-books and the Kortext mobile app, visit our guide.

Follow the links below to open the books:

Access more information at any time with our new collection of e-books

Access to information anywhere, anytime, is even easier with our growing collection of e-books. We now have a new collection of 138 titles via Kortext, and these include a number of titles in the 'at a glance' series as well as many other titles covering medicine, nursing, allied health and midwifery.

All of them can be found via OmniSearch using the 'Books' tab (where you can also search all of our other books and e-books) or you can access the Kortext collection directly (click 'Collections' after logging in to see the whole range of books available). Access is via an NHS OpenAthens account.

Titles include... another 131 titles!

You can create a personal account to make it easier to login in future (and to enable you to use the mobile app). Visit the Kortext website, select your institution and login as normal with your NHS OpenAthens account. Logout by using the three dots at the top right of the screen and selecting 'Sign Out'. When the login screen appears again, select 'Forgotten Password?'. Use the email address linked to your OpenAthens account to get a password reset link.

Once you've reset your password, you can login to the website and mobile apps with your email and chosen password.

Make Time to Talk – support your own and other people’s mental health

Thursday, 4th February is #TimeToTalk day to support mental health, and we're supporting it by organising a Randomised Coffee Trial during February.

Sign up to the Randomised Coffee Trial using the form below and we'll randomly* match you up with someone else. You can then arrange a good time to have a chat with them. This could be over the phone, over Microsoft Teams, or perhaps arrange to go for a walk outside. The suggested time is half an hour, but even a small conversation can make a big difference.

It's a good way to promote your own mental wellbeing, talk about how you’re feeling, and feel more connected, but they can also help to give you a better idea of what goes on in other teams and what their challenges are, meet new people, build relationships, share learning and build community. What you talk about is up to you, and it doesn’t even necessarily need to be work-related.

Grab a hot drink and get talking! (biscuits or cake optional, but highly recommended).

You can either use the form, or simply contact Jason Curtis in the Shrewsbury Health Library (01743 492511 or extension 2511) with your details.

May not be entirely random, as we’ll try to make sure your coffee partner is from a different team

Registration form

Your name

Your job title

Department or Ward


Email Address

Telephone Number

Additional information

Your information
We'll use the information provided by you to register you for the Randomised Coffee Trial, and to let the person you're matched with know how to contact you. For more information about how your information is used, visit our privacy policy.



6 ways OmniSearch makes searching easier

Our OmniSearch facility has undergone a few changes recently, and is now even more powerful. Here are 6 reasons why.

1. You can now search books and e-books at the same time

2. You can even search books, e-books and articles at the same time!

3. Books, e-books and articles are now searched using WorldCat Discovery, offering you new features such as book covers, citation tools, and easy filtering of results

4. The Article search finds articles in Medline, PsycARTICLES, ERIC, PubMed Central and the Cochrane Library so you don't have to search individual databases

5. The Evidence tab allows you to search Trip Database for various types of evidence (such as guidelines, systematic reviews or evidence summaries), the Cochrane Library (for systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials), BMJ Best Practice (for summaries of evidence) or the BNF/BNFc (for prescribing information)

6. Searches are carried from one search tab to the next so you can repeat the search in different resources quickly

For more information, visit our new OmniSearch guide.

Keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 evidence

We've just published the latest edition of our COVID-19 Evidence Bulletin, detailing the latest evidence, guidance and other resources to support the response to the pandemic.

This issue includes guidance from NICE on 'long COVID', and resources to support vaccinations.

The libraries are remaining open during the lockdown and there is no need to book ahead – you can drop-in, browse the shelves, use the IT and study individually. If you need to access the libraries when we are unstaffed, you may wish to arrange 24/7 access.

We have put measures in place to keep you and our staff safe – please read and observe these during your visit.

Get the latest tables of contents from your favourite journals

The KnowledgeShare service now offers you the ability to receive tables of contents for a wide range of healthcare journals.

The contents list of your chosen journals will be sent out once a month in a single email (so you won't get lots of separate emails). You can up by using the Evidence Updates form.

Any journal that is indexed in PubMed can be added to the tables of contents service, but unfortunately not all journals will be available if they are not included in PubMed.

It's an easy way to receive the latest contents from healthcare journals, but we also offer access to the Read by QxMD app as well, where you can also get details of the latest articles by following your favourite journals, keywords or collections.