Portsmouth City Council is working with Queen Alexandra Hospital on a new initiative to offer health information and advice at local libraries across the city.Photo of wellbeing zone sign at Southsea Library

The Information for Health Enquiry Service team will recommend books and reputable websites that can help people manage and understand their health conditions. They can also let people know about the latest research on their condition through the partnership with librarians working at the hospital. The service also works closely with the Community Connectors who can support people to integrate into their local community and find groups and activities that could help improve their wellbeing.

The service offers one to one appointments in any Portsmouth Library, or come along to the regular drop-ins through the week:

Monday: North End Library, 9.30am – 12.00pm

Tuesdays: Central Library, 10.30am – 1.00pm

Wednesdays: Paulsgrove Library, 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Thursdays: Southsea Library, 1.30pm – 4.00pm

Fridays: Alderman Lacey, 9.30am – 12.30pm

The service operates in the wellbeing zone of each of the libraries. The zones contain books, DVDs and leaflets on topics such as health, mental wellbeing, childcare, lifestyle change, healthy eating and exercise.

To make a one to one appointment, or for further information contact Pat Garrett – 023 9268 8259 or Jacqueline Garrard – 023 9268 8049, or email informationforhealth@portsmouthcc.gov.uk