Library resources & services for Nephrology & Renal Services

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, 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

+ Primary Care and ICB staff in Devon

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 email


New ebook content added 17/05/2023
Comprehensive Clinical Nephrology
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 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- 

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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 Renal Medicine ebooks below – 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 Nephrology20247thJohnson
Crash Course: renal and urinary systems20124thJones
Critical care nephrology20193rdRonco
Diagnostic Atlas of Renal Pathology20173rdFogo
Fast facts: kidney itch : CKD-associated pruritus2022Rayner
Handbook of Dialysis Therapy 20236thNissenson
Kidney transplantation: principles and practice20208thKnechtle
Lecture Notes Nephrology. a Comprehensive Guide to Renal Medicine2020 Tarafdar
National Kidney Foundation’s primer on kidney diseases20238thGilbert
Nephrology secrets.20194thLerma
Onco-nephrology2020 Perazella
Oxford Handbook of Dialysis
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Nephrology and Hypertension20142ndSteddon
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

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