Health Services Library

The Health Services Library at Southampton General Hospital supports teaching, research and the work of Medicine, Health Sciences, the Southampton General Hospital and Solent NHS Trust.


Healthcare Science

Our BSc Healthcare Science offers two pathways to professional registration and a rewarding career. This is a unique opportunity to combine science and technology with patient interaction.

Healthcare science practitioner: cardiac physiology

Cardiac physiologists use specialist diagnostic equipment to give essential information to cardiologists so they can make an accurate diagnosis and organise necessary treatment. This often involves working very closely with patients through a distressing time. Examples include monitoring heart function during invasive procedures and intensive care, performing echocardiology or pacemaker implantation and follow-up, and exercise stress testing. Fifty per cent of your time will be out on placement.

Healthcare science practitioner: respiratory and sleep physiology

Respiratory and sleep physiologists use various diagnostic tests to demonstrate lung function, including cardiopulmonary exercise testing, bronchial challenge testing, measurements of dynamic and static lung volumes, respiratory gas exchange, blood gas analysis, response to treatment, allergy testing and response to exercise.


Medicine and Health Sciences at Southampton

Southampton General Hospital is the Trust’s largest location, and is a major centre for our teaching and research at the University of Southampton.

Medicine at Southampton is a thriving and ambitious multidisciplinary faculty: a national leader in medical education, with an outstanding reputation for combined expertise in research and teaching.

We have trained thousands of doctors and scientists since our foundation in the early 1960s and have led cutting-edge research in areas as diverse as cancer, osteoporosis, asthma and nutrition. We lead innovative learning and discovery across the lifecourse, from before birth to the elderly, by investing in multidisciplinary research teams, creative educational programmes and initiating external partnerships and collaborations.

Teaching in Medicine also takes place on Highfield campus in the Life Sciences Building. 

Health Sciences research
Research in Health Sciences takes place at Southampton General Hospital, where we have earned a reputation for excellence. In addition, the Healthcare Science degree, with its high level of patient interaction, is fittingly delivered on this site.


Medicine courses at Southampton

Although most courses in Medicine are taught in the new Life Sciences Building at Highfield, some teaching takes place at the Southampton General Hospital.

Additionally, 2nd and 3rd year themed attachments arelocated at the University Hospital site.