Libraries support national campaign to showcase health information

Libraries across North Yorkshire will highlight their health collections and host events from other health information providers in support of national Health Information Week from 2 to 8 July.

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The annual campaign promotes the good health resources that are available to the public and encourages information providers to work together.

North Yorkshire county councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “As public spaces freely available to all, libraries are in an ideal position to provide free access to health information. Recent research shows they are the trusted place to go for health support and that public library staff are second only to doctors in terms of the trust placed in them.

“Libraries provide skilled staff and assisted online access and can reach out to vulnerable people. This makes health information week an ideal opportunity for libraries to work with other healthcare providers to showcase the range of information available.”

Libraries’ events during health information week include:

Northallerton library

Thursday 5 July, 2.30pm to 4.30pm: drop-in information session with a representative from the medical library at the Friarage Hospital. Members of the public will be able to ask questions about health information resources available online.

Ripon library

Thursday 5 July, 11am to 2pm, and Saturday 7 July, 10.30am to 1.30pm: meet the experts showcasing the health offers and advice available on a variety of health topics, including diabetes, prostate cancer, mental health and sexual health.

Selby library

Friday 6 July, 10am to 12 noon: a clinical librarian from York will give advice on health websites and other health information.

Harrogate Hospital

Monday 2 July: library staff will promote the Reading Well collections and other library resources and services.

Selby Hospital

Monday 2 July: library staff will promote the Reading Well collections and other resources in partnership with the hospital librarian.

On Thursday 5 July, libraries will hold 'birthday' teas as part of the celebration of 70 years of the National Health Service. Libraries taking part include Knaresborough, Ripon, Skipton, Settle, Eastfield, Scarborough, Stokesley and Helmsley.

This story was published 27 June 2018