Health Information Week is a national initiative to promote good quality health resources for all. This year it was held on July 3rd – 9th . Campaigns took place which involved joint initiatives, which were often held outside of the usual library or department.
Mid Yorks NHS Staff Library was keen to join this programme to spread the word on what readable, reliable and valid information is out there for everyone to access (and how to utilise these sources in preference to more dubious ones). We used this opportunity to showcase the Patient Information page on our website, which you can access here. As our first stand was to be held in Wakefield’s main library, in the Wakefield One building, we were keen to promote materials that would be of value to the general public, and this seemed to be the perfect location!
We joined forces with Wakefield Public Libraries to promote resources that are available to the customers and public that we serve, and one of the many benefits of working with a different library was that we learned new things from each other, and came away with a host of ideas and useful information. For example, did you know that Wakefield libraries have created reminiscence boxes which are used within the community to raise dementia awareness, and are used therapeutically to generate memories and conversations about times gone by? The boxes are available for loan from the libraries and were a great source of interest at both events. These are a really good resource for people who suffer from dementia, and the carers that support them.
Terry in prime position at the entrance to Wakefield 1 Library
Working with a different client group in a public library was a new experience, and I was intrigued to know what types of health information we would be asked for. Queries were varied – from how to register with a local GP to what is the ideal weight of a piece of fruit to make up your “5 a day”?
Terry and Wendy then joined us in the Atrium at Pinderfields where our stands generated interest from visitors, patients and staff. We answered queries about medical conditions, and interest was shown by parents and children who collected cards from Wakefield libraries stand to participate in the “Summer Reading Challenge”, which this year has a detective theme (contact your local library for details).
(Left to right) Karen and Natasha – Mid Yorks Library, Terry and Wendy – Wakefield Public Libraries
We look forward to future collaborative working, so for more information watch this space….