Ask Phil at the Library

'Phil' , the Patient Health Information Librarian visits the town library in Luton once a month. Phil is a trained clinical librarian, who is able to help you improve your 'Health Literacy'. 


Phil's Recommended Resources


Patient aims to help the world proactively manage its healthcare, supplying evidence-based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals. The clinical information is certified to meet NHS England's Information Standard.

NHS Choices

NHS Choices is the UK's biggest health website, accounting for a quarter of all health-related web traffic. NHS Choices provides a comprehensive health information service with thousands of articles, videos and tools, helping you make the best choices about your health and lifestyle, as well as making the most of NHS and social care services in England.

Luton Library Health Collection

Luton Libraries have a wide selection of books and leaflets with information to help you deal with health, well-being and mental health issues. Joining the library is simple and free, and there is no charge for borrowing books.

Luton Libraries also have a wide range of Health and Fitness eBooks along with over 80 Audiobooks on health-related topics.

Find information and support for a range of health issues from seeing and hearing people's real life experiences. Thousands of people have shared their experiences on film to help you understand what it’s really like to have a health condition. brings together the world’s favourite healthcare apps. Each app is recommended by healthcare communities from all over the world, including, patients, carers, patient groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations.


Phil's Advanced Resources 

Perhaps you are interested in learning further about medical topics, and would like to read many of the same resources that your clinician and nurse would use?

NHS Evidence

NICE Evidence an online search engine that identifies relevant clinical, public health and social care guidance. Organisations achieving high standards in producing guidance can be identified on NHS Evidence by a seal of approval called an Accreditation Mark.

Searching NHS Websites using Google

A video from the COMET Library describing how to search Google just for NHS websites. Very useful if you want to search for high-quality resources. 


Other Resources

PALS (Hospital Patient Advice and Liaison Service)