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Slide Library

The Media Resources Centre has a library of slides, illustrating signs of clinical conditions, that has been built up over a period of more than 40 years. It is organised according to the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases.

Who can use it?

The Slide Library is available for use by clinicians, nursing staff and members of the professions allied to medicine, providing it is for legitimate Cardiff and Vale University Health Board or Cardiff University purposes and has been sanctioned by the borrower's Head of Department.

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What can it be used for?

The Library's primary purpose is as a resource for teaching.

If slides are to be shown solely to professional healthcare audiences, either during a talk or as illustrations on a poster, there are no restrictions, providing the correct procedures are followed.

If slides are to be shown to lay audiences, users are asked to be mindful of confidentiality issues and, where possible, use only slides that do not reveal patient identity.

Where slides are required for other purposes, for instance publication in a book or journal, it will be necessary to seek the permission of the original requesting consultant, or if that is not possible, the current Head of the Department responsible for the original request for photography.

If the patient is recognisable, it will also be necessary to seek their permission as well, unless this was done at the time of the original request for photography (our records will show this).

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How is the library used?

Those wishing to search the Slide Library should make an appointment with our Photography Co-ordinator on Tel: 029 2074 4601, telling them what the slides will be used for.

The cataloguing system will be explained and borrowers shown the procedure for selecting slides.

A form must be completed, detailing how many slides are being borrowed, what they will be used for and when they will be returned. This form must be signed by the borrower and counter-signed by their Head of Department, before the slides are released.

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Is it possible to get copies?

If the slides are to be used for teaching on a single occasion, then copies will not be made. If they will be required on a regular basis and they do not reveal patient identity, then copies can be provided. If the slides are required for publication, then once the necessary permission has been granted, a copy will be made. In all cases, slide copies will be charged at the current duplication rate.

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Who owns the copyright?

The Copyright for all clinical images is held by the employer of the clinician who originally requested the photography, e.g. the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board or School of Medicine, Cardiff University.

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Digital image database

Patient photographs from January 1999 are no longer stored as slides, but as digital files in our Image Library database. The procedure for using this resource is the same as that for the Slide Library.