Library resources & services for Haematology, Phlebotomy and Blood Transfusion

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic (Evidence Summaries)


How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library and gives details of selected content available in
Haematology, Phlebotomy & Blood Transfusion
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community

+ Primary Care and ICB staff in Devon

Click here to visit our main library website.

You may also wish to visit our
Oncology and Allergy/Immunology library pages

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources
please email


New ebook content added 17/05/23
Manual of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies 
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 03/04/23
Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Secrets
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

If you need an search assistance or training on the use of resources please 
contact Discovery Library.

You can also undertake How to Search the Literature Effectively elearning modules – you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access.

AMED (via Ovid)– allied and complementary medicine including palliative care
BNI (via Proquest)– nursing, midwifery and community healthcare
CINAHL (via Ebsco)– nursing and allied health
Embase (via Ovid) – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature
Emcare (via Ovid) – nursing and allied health
HMIC (via Ovid) – healthcare management
Medline (via Ovid or via EBSCO)- biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature
PsycINFO (via Proquest) – psychological, social, behavioral sciences.
Social Policy and Practice (via Ovid)- health and social care

To access the NHS subscribed databases you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search Cochrane Library
    Collection of databases incl:

    -Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    -Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

    Cochrane Clinical Answers

    that can be searched simultaneously and contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

  • Search PubMed
    Free resource which contains more than 33 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    To identify locally held content when searching use the following organisation specific links
  • University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Livewell SW and Plymouth General Practice staff
    (please note the logo currently only mentions Livewell and plymouth general practice but ALL Devon general practice and ICB staff can also use)
  • South Western Ambulance SWAST
  • South Central Ambulance

    These links include an local organisation logo on the right-hand side of each record. Clicking the logo will check article availability or offer a request form.
    To access the content linked you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search NHS Library and Knowledge Hub (Guide)
    Whilst it is advisable to search the databases above for more detailed and systematic searches, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub can be used for more simple searches to find a couple of papers on a simple topic.

    To access content on the Library and Knowledge Hub you will need an
    NHS OpenAthens account.

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How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic

A range of evidence-based and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study including:

BMJ Best Practice- (Help and training resources)

Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App**
***Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here).

Clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (provided by NICE)-
Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations and regular updates to all topics

DynaMed (Help pages and tutorial)
clinical decision support tool with quality evidence-based information, expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. 

Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

Trip Pro Database
clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.


‘an evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. 

Note you will need a UHP OpenAthens account (UHP staff/students register here). 
(available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust only).

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To access articles you will need a NHS OpenAthens account.


For each option you should either be able to

  • Access the fulltext of the article where we have a subscription to journal or
  • Complete a form to request a copy of an article not held
  • The ARTICLE TITLE via the Knowledge and Library Hub (Guide)

    If you have the article title please copy and paste into the main search box of the hub.
    If the title is a short title using common healthcare terms, then you might want to add the Author name and/or Journal title to the search to specify your chosen article.


    A Digital Object Identifier (DOI)  is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to permanently identify an article or document and link to it on the web.
    It is usually in the format:
    The bit in italics which starts all DOIs can be ignored- please copy and paste the rest of your specific into the search box.

    A PubMed identifier (PMID) is a unique value assigned to each PubMed record usually 8 digits long

The search only includes journals for which organisation has a subscription.
If a journal is embargoed the embargoed article will still be listed but when you click to access content you will receive a article request form rather than the fulltext.

  • BROWSER EXTENSION to check all scholarly pages for local access via Nomad

Please note: On University Hospitals Plymouth and Livewell SW networked machines IT have already made Nomad automatically available via Microsoft Edge.
You will need to manually download to any other browsers you use on NHS Personal Device

Selected Haematology journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

Advances in Hematology2009- 
American Journal of Blood Research2011- 
American journal of hematology1996- 
Best Practice and Research . Clinical Haematology2007- 
Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation2007- 
Blood Cancer Journal2011- 
Blood Research2013- 
Blood Reviews2007- 
Blood Transfusion2007- 
BMC Hematology2001- 
BMJ Case Reports 2008- You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
British journal of haematology1997- 
Clinical Advances in Hematology and Oncology2009- 
Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia2010- 
Clinical Medicine Insights: Blood Disorders  
Critical Reviews in Oncology and Hematology2007 – 
European journal of haematology1997- 
Experimental Hematology2007- 
Experimental Hematology & Oncology2012- 
Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy2013 – 
Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America2007 – 
Hematology Reports2009- 
International Journal of Clinical Transfusion Medicine2013- 
International journal of laboratory hematology2007- 
Journal of Blood Medicine2010- 
Journal of Blood Transfusion2011- 
Journal of clinical apheresis1996- 
Journal of Clinical Pathology1947- 
Journal of Hematology and Oncology2008- 
Journal of thrombosis and haemostasis2003- 
Lancet Haematology2014- 
Leukemia Research2007- 
Leukemia Research Reports2012- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Pediatric blood and cancer1996- 
Seminars in Hematology2007- 
Therapeutic Advances in Hematology2010- 
Therapeutic apheresis and dialysis2003- 
Thrombosis Journal2003- 
Thrombosis Research2007- 
Thrombosis Update2020-
Transfusion and Apheresis Science2007- 
Transfusion medicine1997- 
Transfusion Medicine Reviews2007- 
Transplantation and Cellular Therapy 2021- 
Vox sanguinis1997- 

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SWIMS Library Catalogue

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select
‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’
to limit your search to print books held at Discovery Library, Derriford.
The shelfmark will correspond with shelf in library collection.

If you are unable to visit the library in person please email to request postal delivery of required book(s)

Ebooks select your location based on your organisation :

Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and Devon GP and ICB staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS OpenAthens login to to access ebooks.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request
(Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).

Selected haematology ebooks from 2010 onwards. Click title to login with Athens account. If asked you should always select to login with OpenAthens

ABC of Clinical Haematology20184thProvan
Atlas of Diagnostic Hematology2021 Salama
Atlas of diagnostic oncology20104thSkarin
Blood Cells : A Practical Guide 20226thBain
Blood results in clinical practice: a practical guide to interpreting blood test results20192ndBasten
Chimeric antigen receptor t-cell therapies for cancer: a practical guide2020 Lee
Consultative hemostasis and thrombosis20194thKitchens
Crash course: haematology and immunology20124thGargani
Dacie and Lewis practical haematology201712thBain
Fast facts: biosimilars in hematology and oncology2020Cornes
Fast facts: blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm 2021Deconinck
Fast facts: car t-cell therapy in diffuse large b-cell lymphoma2021Buka
Fast facts: car t-cell therapy : insight into current and future applications2021Buka
Fast facts: chronic lymphocytic leukemia2022Eyre
Fast facts: leukemia20222ndLoke
Fast facts: myelodysplastic syndromes2021Dyer
Fast facts: thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura2020Scully
Fast facts: treatment-free remission in chronic myeloid leukemia 2020Potluri
Fast facts for patients: thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura2022Scully
Haematology at a glance20144thMehta
Hematology: basic principles and practice20238thHoffman
Hematology: a pathophysiologic approach2012 Hudnall
Hematology, immunology and infectious disease: neonatology questions and controversies20122nd Ohls
Hematopathology: Foundations in diagnostic pathology.20183rdHsi
Hematopathology20172nd Jaffe
Hoffbrand’s essential haematology20208thHoffbrand
Lanzkowsky’s Manual of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology20227thFish
Manual of Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapies 2024Bashir
Myeloid malignancies: an atlas of investigation and management.2010  Bain
Nathan and Oski’s Haematology and Oncology of Infancy and childhood.20158thOrkin
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Haematology
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Textbook of Vasculitis20143rdBall
Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Secrets20242ndWeiner
Principles and Practice of Lymphedema Surgery20222ndCheng
Problem solving in haematology2010 Smith
Routine blood results explained20133rdBlann
Transfusion medicine and hemostasis: clinical and laboratory aspects20193rdShaz
Venepuncture and cannulation2011 Phillips

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