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Virtual library service

Library services for South Central Ambulance Service are now delivered by a national virtual service - Library & Knowledge Service for NHS Ambulance Services in England

The services included are:


Document supply

If you want to request a journal article contact the library by email: LKSASE@mft.nhs.uk or complete an online form


Literature searching

The virtual library can search on your behalf. Contact the Library via email:  Matt.Holland@nwas.nhs.uk or by using the online form to arrange a search


Current awareness

Each month the virtual  library collates the latest published research on a range of topics. Visit the current awareness  page to view the archive and sign up for current awareness bulletins



You can contact the virtual library via email : Matt.Holland@nwas.nhs.uk  or using one of the online forms on the website.  

Other services

Book loans & study space

You can register with RBFT Library to borrow books and to use our study space. Once registered with RBFT you can borrow from any NHS library in the South West, Thames Valley and Wessex areas. 

To join the library please complete and return the library registration form on the right.

Your OpenAthens queries are also supported by RBFT Library & Knowledge Services.


Electronic resources



  • Amed / British Nursing Index / Cinahl / Embase / Health Business Elite / Health Management Information Consortium / Medline / PsycINFO
  • Cochrane Library

Click here to access the healthcare databases


Electronic Journals

For easy access and to see which titles are available see the A-Z list of nationally available Journals on the NICE Evidence Search - Journals & Databases   - see the E-Journals guide on right hand side of this page.

To access the above resources you need to register for an OpenAthens username and password – see the guide on the right hand side of this page. If you have any queries about your access to electronic resources or your OpenAthens account please contact the RBFT Library service


Mobile Apps

BNF & BNFc Apps

BNF & BNFc apps produced by NICE are available for mobile devices. Free to NHS staff throughout England - No log-in required - can be downloaded from Apple iTunes or Google Android Marketplace. 

Most of the above electronic resources and access to OpenAthens are available through NICE Evidence Search - Journals & Databases.



Training in the use of library resources for groups or individuals may be provided by arrangement with RBFT Library Services. Please contact the Library initially and we will liaise with the SCAS Education Department.


Useful Contacts

Trust Library
Trust Education Centre
Royal Berkshire 
NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road

0118 322 7849


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