Library resources & services for Nephrology & Renal Services

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
Nephrology and Renal Services
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
Click here to visit main library website or here for list of other clinical specialty pages

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Clinical guide for acute kidney injury in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 outside the intensive care unit during the coronavirus pandemic
Clinical guide for renal replacement therapy options in critical care during the coronavirus pandemic

Renal Association
COVID-19: Information and guidance for renal professionals

NICE COVID-19 Rapid guidelines
Dialysis service delivery
Chronic Kidney Disease
Renal Transplantation
Managing COVID-19


COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.


New ebook content added 22/10/2020
Understanding Kidney Diseases
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 02/04/2020
Knechtle, S., Marson, L. and Morris, P. (2020) Kidney transplantation: principles and practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier.
Perazella, M., Cohen, E. and Finkel, K. (2020) Onco-nephrology. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- incl topics for nurses and care staff
international nursing & allied health incl nurses and care staff
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most medical/surgical topics including Nephrology and Renal medicine
useful for health psychology/recovery

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See our main library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available to help inform patient care including:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey  – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and multimedia resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate  ‘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 University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Nephrology and Renal journals below

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

Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease2007- 
American Journal of Kidney Diseases2007- 
Annals of Transplantation1996- 
BMC Nephrology2000- 
BMJ Case Reports2008-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
Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease2014- 
Case Reports in Nephrology2011- 
Case Reports in Nephrology and Urology2011- 
Case Reports in Transplantation2011- 
Clinical Kidney Journal2012- 
Hemodialysis international2000- 
International Journal of Nephrology2010- 
International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease2008- 
Journal of Kidney Cancer and VHL2014- 
Journal of Kidney Care2009- 
Journal of renal care2006- 
Journal of Renal Nutrition2007- 
Journal of Transplantation2009- 
Kidney and Blood Pressure Research2010- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Nephrology Nursing Journal1997- 
Renal Society of Australasia Journal2008- 
Seminars in dialysis1997- 
Seminars in Nephrology2007- 
Therapeutic apheresis and dialysis2003- 
Transplantation Direct2015- 
Transplantation Proceedings2007- 
Transplantation Reviews2007- 

Books (guide)

Search our print and electronic book holdings.

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

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 specialty content from 2010 onwards – click title & login with NHS Athens

Biomarkers in kidney disease20172ndEdelstein
Brenner and Rector’s the kidney202011thYu
Chronic kidney disease, dialysis, and transplantation: companion to Brenner and Rector’s the kidney20194thHimmelfarb
Comprehensive clinical nephrology20196thFeehally
Crash Course: renal and urinary systems20124thJones
Critical care nephrology20193rdRonco
Diagnostic Atlas of Renal Pathology20173rdFogo
Handbook of Dialysis Therapy20175thNissenson
Kidney transplantation: principles and practice20208thKnechtle
Lecture Notes Nephrology. a Comprehensive Guide to Renal Medicine2020 Tarafdar
National Kidney Foundation’s primer on kidney diseases20187thGilbert
Nephrology secrets.20194thLerma
Onco-nephrology2020 Perazella
Oxford Handbook of Dialysis
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Renal Nursing2013 Mahon
Practical renal pathology: a diagnostic approach2013 Lager
Renal nursing: care and management of people with kidney disease20195thThomas
Renal physiology20196thKoeppen
The renal system at a glance20174thO’Callaghan
Seldin and Giebisch’s the kidney: physiology and pathophysiology20135thAlpern
Textbook of Nephro-Endocrinology20182ndSingh
Transplantation (Companion to specialist surgical practice)20145thForsythe
Understanding Kidney Diseases20202ndRayner