We are able to provide up-to-date evidence-based information on a wide variety of health conditions, however this information should never be used to self-diagnose. If you have any concerns or questions about your own health please consult a doctor or NHS 111. A pharmacist may also be able to assist with minor health ailments or medications queries.
If you have recently received a diagnosis it can be tempting to use internet search engines to find out information, but these often return lots of unreliable, unsafe or false information. Librarians and Knowledge Specialists are experts at finding reliable and trustworthy information and can also advise on good sources of information. For more advice please see our Health Literacy pages.
The following links and collections of resources are all reliable sources of information which you may find of use:
The Oliveira Library is a multi-professional Library for NHS staff and students based on the Isle of Wight. We also have a remit to offer limited information services to patients and the public. For full details of our eligibility, membership entitlements and services available, please see the links below.
As well as medical, clinical and professional books and electronic information resources, we also have a well-being section, general reading fiction and non-fiction books, a computer suite with quite study area and library staff on-hand to answer any information queries and offer basic IT support.
***Please note access to the physical collections is limited at present but Library staff can provide most resources on request***
*** The Education Centre on St Mary's hospital site is in the process of reopening. The Oliveira Library currently provides services online and from our Library Office based in the Education Centre. Please follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the latest information. ***
Effective from Monday 20 June 2022, our visitor policy has changed to allow patients two visitors a day, for up to an hour.
This applies to all wards. Visiting slots can be pre-booked between 10am and 8pm.
This will be reviewed regularly based on the current situation at St Mary's Hospital alongside the latest guidance from UK Government and NHS England.
Those with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or who feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, contact NHS 111.
Face masks are no longer required to be worn in most areas of the Trust unless it is your personal preference to do so.
This guidance may change if there is a known or suspected outbreak of COVID, or a new variant emerges.