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Tameside Libraries Health Resources

Tameside Libraries are involved in a number of health initiatives. This is a guide to the health information, books, services and resources available in our Libraries.

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Get Better Health Information

At Tameside Libraries we care about your health and well-being. We have books chosen by health professionals, leaflets to take away, free internet access to health websites and information on local services and support groups. Visit our information sections if you want to find out more about:

  • illnesses and diseases
  • drugs and treatments
  • living with a medical condition
  • healthy eating and nutrition
  • giving up smoking
  • exercise and keeping fit
  • pregnancy and child health
  • mental health

Look out for the red apple stickers on the spines of the books in the information sections. In a library survey 96% of people agreed that libraries in Tameside are a good place to find reliable information on healthy living and health conditions.

books on prescription image - books coming out of a medicine jar on to someones handsReading Well / Books on Prescription - self-help titles recommended by mental health professionals

Tameside Libraries are partners in 4 Reading Well schemes.

They are:

  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription for adults
  • Reading Well for young people
  • Reading Well for long term conditions

Adult and Dementia schemes - Over 100 self-help titles have been selected by staff from Tameside Libraries, the Primary Care Mental Health Service and experts by experience. They cover topics such as depression, healthy living, anxiety, bereavement, anger management, low self-esteem, stress and living well with dementia.

Young people scheme – Find ‘Shelf help’ at Tameside Libraries. The titles have been chosen by mental health experts and young people and include self-help and information titles, graphic novels and fiction. Subjects such as bullying, self-esteem, ADHD, body image and anxiety are included.

Long term conditions scheme – The books provide information about common conditions and symptoms, practical advice for living with a long term condition and support for self-management. They cover topics such as arthritis, diabetes, IBS, stroke, pain and fatigue.

Tameside Libraries have multiple copies of the titles on the lists, which can be prescribed by health professionals or young people's workers or borrowed on a ‘self-referral’ basis.. If you would like to know more about the Reading Well schemes or view the book lists, visit the Reading Well / Books on Prescription web page.

The Health Information Centre at Tameside Hospital

The Health Information Centre Link to External Website is based at Tameside Hospital. The Centre, which is managed by Tameside Libraries Information Service, provides confidential health and care information to Tameside General Hospital patients, their carers and family members whether an inpatient, outpatient or patient of a GP. 

The Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, you can leave a message out of hours and a staff member will contact you. The Health Information Centre provides a free service which includes:

  • Leaflets on all the key health conditions
  • Details of local and national support groups
  • Internet based health information
  • Information on support and services offered by Tameside Council
  • Information in a range of community languages and other formats
  • Staff available to help you find the information you need

Telephone Number 0161 922 5332 Email Address Website: Health Information Centre website Link to External Website

Local Groups and Organisations Database

Tameside Libraries Local Groups and Organisations Database contains contact details for a wealth of Tameside clubs, groups and societies. Enter the database to search for local groups dealing with health matters and medical conditions.

Medical Directories and Reference Resources

Tameside Libraries Information Service hold various medical directories and resources:

  • Medical Directory - provides information on registered practitioners and hospitals in the United Kingdom.
  • The NHS website Link to External Website also contains listings of medical services including Doctors surgeries, Dentists, Pharmacists and much much more.
  • Black's Medical Dictionary: for concise definitions of medical conditions.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine: 4 volume one-stop source for alternative medical information.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine: excellent in-depth lay persons guide.
  • Plus various guides to medicines, drugs and common medical complaints

Recommended Websites

The staff of Tameside Libraries deal with many health related enquiries from customers. For a list of trusted health websites used by library staff please visit our recommended websites page.

Reading Friends

Reading Friends meet regularly to talk and share stories.  We do this by starting conversations through reading and sessions may also include activities such as crafts, guest speakers and other events.  Reading Friends meet up to read, chat and have fun, find our more.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Tameside Libraries Information Service
Ashton Library
Tameside One
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 2031