Library resources & services for Surgery and Theatres

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
General Surgical & Theatres
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
Anaesthetics, Plastic Surgery and other Specialist library pages 

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please


New ebook content added 17/05/23
Differential Diagnoses in Surgical Pathology Tumors and their Mimickers 
Essentials of Equipment in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 10/05/23
Principles and practice of surgery
 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 Surgery and Theatres journals below

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

Advances in Surgery2007- 
American Journal of Surgery2007- 
American Journal of Surgical Pathology1996- 
American Journal of Transplantation2001- 
American Surgeon1997- 
Annals of Medicine and Surgery2012- 
Annals of Surgery1996- 
Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research2014- 
ANZ Journal of Surgery2001- 
BMC Surgery2001- 
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
British Journal of Surgery1998- 
Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England2006- 
Canadian Journal of Surgery2007- 
Case Reports in Surgery2011- 
Case Reports in Transplantation2011- 
Clinical Transplantation1999- 
Current Problems in Surgery2007- 
Frontiers in Surgery2014- 
Innovative Surgical Sciences2016- 
The International journal of medical robotics and computer assisted surgery 2004- 
International Journal of Surgery2007- 
International Journal of Surgery Case Reports2010- 
International Journal of Surgery Open2015- 
International Journal of Surgery Case Protocols2016- 
Journal of Minimal Access Surgery2005- 
Journal of Surgical Case Reports2010- 
Journal of Surgical Education2007- 
Journal of Surgical Research2007- 
Journal of Transplantation2009- 
Lasers in surgery and medicine  1996- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Operating Theatre Journal2009- 
Patient Safety in Surgery2007- 
Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management2015- 
Perioperative Medicine2012- 
Scandinavian Journal of Surgery2002- 
The Surgeon2007- 
Surgery2007-ISSN 0039-6060 Mosby
Surgery (Oxford)2007-ISSN 0263-9319. Medicine Publishing Company
The Surgery Journal2015- 
Surgery Research & Practice2014- 
Surgical Case Reports2015- 
Surgical Clinics of North America2007- 
Surgical Pathology Clinics2008- 
Surgical Practice2005- 
Transplantation Direct2015- 
Transplantation Proceedings2007- 
Transplantation Reports2016- 
Transplantation Reviews2007- 
World Journal of Transplantation2011- 

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

TitleYearEditionFirst author
101 of Surgical Instruments : Naming, Recognizing, Handling and Presenting 2021Liehn
ABC of Wound Healing20222ndPrice
Abernathy’s surgical secrets20187thHarken
Advancing Surgical Education : Theory, Evidence and Practice2019 Nestel
Anaesthesia, intensive care and perioperative medicine A-Z: an encyclopaedia of principles & practice20196thYentis
  • Atlas of Robotic General Surgery
  • 2022Novitsky
    Atlas of trauma/emergency surgical techniques.2014 Cioffi
    Clinical Integration: Surgery2021Chee
    Communication Skills for Surgeons : A Contemporary Guide2022Patel
    Core topics in general and emergency surgery: Companion to specialist surgical practice20196thPaterson-Brown
    The Complete Recovery Room Book20206thCraig
    Core Surgical Training Interviews 2020Singh Dubb
    Cracking the General Surgical Interviews for ST32022Abdalla
    Current surgical therapy202314thCameron
    Differential Diagnoses in Surgical Pathology Tumors and their Mimickers 2024Abdul-Karim
    Essential surgery: problems, diagnosis and management20206thQuick
    Essential surgical procedures.2016 Velasco
    Essentials of Equipment in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine20246thAl-Shaikh
    Fast facts: perioperative pain2021Brown
    Foundations for operating department practice: essential theory for practice2014 Abbott
    Fundamentals of medical-surgical nursing: a systems approach2014 Brady
    The fundamentals of surgical instruments: a practical guide to their recognition, use and care.2018 Moutrey
    Gattuso’s Differential Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology20224thReddy
    Get ahead! Surgery: 100 EMQs for finals20152ndWigley
    Gray’s surgical anatomy2020 Brennan
    Health Services Research (Success in Academic Surgery Series)20202ndDimick
    Holcomb and Ashcraft’s pediatric surgery20207thHolcomb
    Human Factors in Surgery : Enhancing Safety and Flow in Patient Care2020 Cohen
    Intraoperative consultation2015 Marchevsky
    Leadership in Surgery20192ndKibbe
    Lecture notes: General surgery201613thEllis
    Leveraging lean in surgical services: creating a cost effective, standardized, high quality, patient-focused operation2015 Kerpchar
    Manual of surgical pathology20234thLester
    MCQs and EMQs in surgery (Bailey & Love revision guide)20152ndDatta
    Medical-surgical nursing at a glance2016 Peate
    Minor surgery at a glance2017 Mohan
    The Mont Reid surgical handbook20187thSutton
    Netter’s Surgical Anatomy and Approaches20212ndDelaney
    On Call Surgery20204thAdams
    Oxford Handbook of Clinical Surgery20225thMcLatchie
    Oxford handbook of operative surgery
    (download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford Handbook of Perioperative Practice 20232ndHughes
    Oxford handbook of surgical nursing
    (download for up to 3 months at a time)
    2016 Smith
    Perioperative Care of the Cancer Patient 2023Hagberg
    Perioperative medicine for the junior clinician2015 Symons
    Perioperative practice at a glance2015 Wicker
    Pocket guide to the operating room20204thGoldman
    Preoperative Assessment : A Case-Based Approach 2021Dillane
    Principles and practice of surgery20238thGarden
    Rapid perioperative care2017 Wicker
    Rosai and Ackerman’s surgical pathology201811thGoldblum
    Sabiston Textbook of Surgery  202221stTownsend
    SBAs for the MRCS Part A: a Bailey and Love revision guide20192ndElwell
    SBA MCQs for the MRCS part A2013 Thrumurthy
    Surgery at a glance20135thGrace
    Surgical Anatomy and Technique : A Pocket Manual 20215thSkandalakis
    Surgical and Anaesthetic Instruments for OSCEs : A Practical Study Guide 2020Yan
    Surgical decision making: beyond the evidence based surgery20206thMcIntyre
    Surgical Management of the Transgender Patient2016 Schechter
    Surgical Notes : A Pocket Guide for the Operating Room 20202ndSheets
    The Surgical Portfolio and Interview : A complete guide 2021Esland
    Surgical quality improvement.2017 Kelz
    Transplantation: Companion to specialist surgical practice20145thForsythe
    Transplantation surgery (Springer surgery atlas)2019 Oniscu
    Wellbeing (Success in Academic Surgery Series)2020 Kim

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