Now Available – Full-text journal downloads from Read by QXMD Gold


The Hospital now has a Read by QxMD Gold Subscription

Read by QxMD app allows you to find and access journal articles quickly and easily on your mobile device. The subscription edition provides “one tap” access to full text articles, a personalised journal front page, and a PubMed search on your iPad, Apple and Android Devices. This is available to all hospital staff at both Luton and Bedford Hospital, GP’s and CCG Staff in Bedfordshire.


If you would like to try the Read by QxMD app

Download the Read by QxMD app (available at

Open the app and click on the “Start reading” button (or click “log-in if you have an existing account)


Setting up Full-Text Downloads

After you have created or signed-in to your account, you will need to set-up institutional access:

Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen

Select “Account details” and click on the “Institution” field.

On the next screen scroll through the alphabetic list and select “Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust” or “GP’s and CCG Staff in Bedfordshire”

Then select “Automatic Login using MyAthens

Enter your NHS OpenAthens username and password. It may take a moment for your information to save. An error message will pop up if you entered your information incorrectly. (NHS OpenAthens account  required, Sign up ).

You should now be ready to use the Read by QxMD app to access full-text content.


Share articles with colleagues over email, Twitter and Facebook

You can share articles on social networking and email if installed on your phone. The library tweets trending papers from Read by QXMD on our Twitter account @thecometlibrary

You can also create personal journal collections (Access our popular Cardiology, Public Health and Critical Appraisal Collections at )

Not all papers are available immediately, but you can order them!  We cannot subscribe to all journals due to cost, but if you search for the paper in the hospital discovery service at you will be able to order an interlibrary loan from the library team.

If you have any issues using this app, please visit the library or email and the team will be happy to help.



Just Arrived – The official guide to Occupational English Test (OET) – Kaplan Test Prep Edition

The frequently requested OET guides have arrived. The Official Guide to OET covers Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing with practice questions and key tips.

Search for Books, Journals and much more in the Bedfordshire Health eLibrary at

Win a Kit+ Powerbank with Knowledgeshare


KnowledgeShare is our new system for providing evidence updates and literature searches. By signing up you will receive regular updates of new guidelines, journal articles and other high-quality evidence. You can also book onto training and request literature searches.

It will also provide you with the full-text if available, automatically linked in your email. It is almost magical, just like Christmas. And as an added bonus the library will be giving away 4 Mobile Phone Powerbanks to anyone who has signed up in the last few months.

Sign Up Here

You will require your NHS OpenAthens password. eMail for assistance.

Renaming of the  Library Service at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital

The hospital library is now the Danielle Freedman Library The COMET Library has been renamed the Danielle Freedman Library. Dr Freedman is the Luton and Dunstable Hospital’s Chief Medical Advisor and Director of Pathology. She was recently awarded honorary membership of the Association of Clinical Biochemistry and … Continue reading Renaming of the  Library Service at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital

New edition of Medical Masterclass for the MRCP (UK)

A rainbow of new books have arrived in the COMET Library! The new 3rd edition of Medical Masterclass textbooks are here: they are a fantastic learning resource designed by leading clinicians and academics which can help you to prepare for the MRCP(UK) exam.

These 12 printed textbooks cover:

  • scientific background to medicine
  • common clinical presentations
  • planning a strategy for investigation and treatment
  • medical specialties that are covered in the MRCP (UK) exams.

Find these books and many more on the library Discovery Service available at

Knowvember 2018 with the Library – Sign up for our new personalised evidence updates from KnowledgeShare


This November we will be highlighting and showcasing the many ways we mobilise evidence and organisational knowledge. You can take part by signing up to KnowledgeShare!

knowvemberWhat is KnowledgeShare?

 It is our new current awareness service that provides personal evidence updates. It can help you to improve patient care, highlight service improvements and improve your clinical teaching and research. We are signing up as many staff to KnowledgeShare in Knowvember, and we hope you will be the first.

What does this mean?

Regular emails (at the schedule you choose, so as little or as much as you want) highlighting the latest high-impact research, recently released NICE and national guidelines, and new journal articles in your field.

Is it for me? I am non clinical.

Of course! if you have responsibility for training, management or facilities you should still use ‘best-evidence’ to develop your service, and KnowledgeShare will provide this.

What else does it do?

It also records the library training that you have attended, and literature searches requested. you can use this for CPD or revalidation purposes to evidence your development.

Sounds great. I want it!

 Sign up at with your Athens password. Complete the requested forms and most importantly, tell us what your interests are. This will form the basis for your tailored evidence update.

If you don’t have an Athens account, you will need one to access this and all our electronic resources. Sign up at or contact the library at for further information.