Rare Diseases Day 2018


A disease or disorder is defined as rare in Europe when it affects fewer than 1 in 2000 and in  the USA when it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans. One rare disease may only affect  a handful of patients in the EU (European Union), and another as many as 245,000. In the EU, as many as 30 million people may be affected by one of over 6000 known rare diseases.

  • 80% of rare diseases have identified genetic origins whilst others are the result of infections (bacterial or viral), allergies and environmental causes, or are degenerative and proliferative.
  • 50% of rare diseases affect children.

Rare disease research is crucial to providing patients with the answers and solutions they need, whether it’s a treatment, cure or improved care. On 28 February 2018, the tenth Rare Disease Day will see thousands of people from all over the world come together to advocate for greater patient involvement in research on rare diseases.

To find out more go to https://www.rarediseaseday.org


Christmas Opening Hours

Ho ho ho here are the East Dorset “Hopening” hours for the Christmas and New Years festivity period:

Monday 25th December – Libraries unstaffed
Tuesday 26th December – Libraries unstaffed
Monday 1st January – Libraries unstaffed

Staff working at RBCH can use their staff IDs to access the library at any time.

Staff working at Poole hospital can use their staff IDs to access the library at any time.

Staff working at DHUFT can only access Poole Hospital library during unstaffed periods with an “out of hours card.”

Please follow the out of hours procedures for book loans/returns.


The library teams wish all NHS staff a Happy Primary Gifting Period and a wonderful auxiliary generosity zone. (Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year).

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 13-19 November 2017

As you may be aware it is World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

Here is a round up of news and evidence based information for this week. Continue reading

Health Information Week 3rd – 9th July #HIW2017

During Health Information Week, events are taking place across the country to encourage patients and the public to find and use good quality health information.  The NHS East Dorset Library and Knowledge Services Team have got involved in several ways.

We have held a team training event to consider how we can signpost good quality health information to members of the public.  We have produced some publicity materials including a Guide to Finding Good Quality Health Information on the Internet and a Guide to Using NHS Choices which we have shared with our colleagues in public libraries across Dorset; Bournemouth and Poole College; local school libraries and the library at Bournemouth University as well as with the Patient Experience Teams at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

To spread the word more widely we are popping up at various locations throughout the week including the Atrium at Royal Bournemouth Hospital on Tuesday 4th July, The Dome at Poole Hospital on the 5th July and the Outpatient Waiting area at Christchurch Hospital on the 5th July.  If you would like us to visit your department please get in touch.

Find out more about Health Information Week.

Clinical Trials Day 2017

Clinical Trials day is celebrated around the 19th of May every year.

Both Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Poole Hospital have events planned for the 23rd of May.

The libraries have also shown support by creating some displays.

Read on for more information


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