Reading App takes off at CM Health

inpatient ebook app

Latest News 9 May 2019 | A reading App for Counties Manukau Health patients is being well received as it is rolled out around Middlemore Hospital and the Manukau SuperClinic.

The Libby App, provided through Auckland City Libraries, allows patients to access more than 200,000 ebooks.  It started as a trial for patients and whaanau at Middlemore’s National Burns Unit and the Adult Short Stay Ward and has since been extended to a number of wards, including the Critical Care Complex.

Among the fans of the App, is a quadriplegic patient John* who is using it to access audiobooks.  John has so far downloaded about 50 books. His favourite genre is horror. John says the Libby is great for people who love to read and for fending off the boredom of a long hospital stay. 

 Within the Haemodialysis Ward at the Manukau SuperClinic about 45 patients have expressed interest in the App, and interest is growing around other parts of CM Health, including Kidz First, where audio books are also a hit.

As well as patients, whaanau, and staff who are greater Auckland residents and have a smartphone or device can download the Libby App and escape into a vast range of ebooks and audiobooks.  Hospital staff are available to help patients access this app.

In addition, Kobo readers (e-readers) are available and have been loaded up with titles for patients to enjoy.

Catherine Leonard, Head of Content and Access at Auckland Libraries, says library staff are very excited to provide the App to CM Health.

“It has been a great collaboration so far to come up with a solution that will work and can be managed easily,” Ms Leonard says.

*Not his real name.

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