Library resources & services for Surgery and Theatres

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books  

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.

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
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Surgery Guides

Royal College of Surgeons
Guidance for surgeons working during the COVID-19 pandemic
Clinical guide to surgical prioritisation

Association for Perioperative Practice
COVID-19 resources

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.
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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 19/08/21
Core Surgical Training Interviews
Surgical Anatomy and Technique : A Pocket Manual
Surgical and Anaesthetic Instruments for OSCEs : A Practical Study Guide
The Surgical Portfolio and Interview : A complete guide
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

05/07/2021 New ebook content added
Atlas of Robotic General Surgery
Sabiston Textbook of Surgery 
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)- nursing and care
international nursing & allied health
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most biomedical topics including operative surgery
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 the 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 and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study 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
  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • NICE Evidence– access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal, provided by NICE, incl Surgical Care guidelines.
  • TRIP Database– clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate– ‘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 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 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 the American College of Surgeons2007- 
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- 
Transplant International1997- 
World Journal of Transplantation2011- 

Books (guide)

The majority of General Surgery print books held at Discovery Library will be found on shelf WO. There are guides on the ends of book shelving to help you identify sections.

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 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
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 advanced operative surgery2013 Khatri
Atlas of minimally invasive surgical techniques2012 Vernon
  • Atlas of Robotic General Surgery
  • 2022Novitsky
    Atlas of trauma/emergency surgical techniques.2014 Cioffi
    Core topics in general and emergency surgery: Companion to specialist surgical practice20196thPaterson-Brown
    The Complete Recovery Room Book20206thCraig
    Core Surgical Training Interviews 2020Singh Dubb
    Current surgical therapy202013thCameron
    Essential surgery: problems, diagnosis and management20206thQuick
    Essential surgical procedures.2016 Velasco
    Essentials of equipment in anaesthesia, critical care, and peri-operative medicine20195thAl-Shaikh
    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)
    Holcomb and Ashcraft’s pediatric surgery20207thHolcomb
    Human Factors in Surgery : Enhancing Safety and Flow in Patient Care2020 Cohen
    Intraoperative consultation2015 Marchevsky
    Kirk’s general surgical operations20136thNovell
    Leadership in Surgery
    Lecture notes: General surgery201613thEllis
    Leveraging lean in surgical services: creating a cost effective, standardized, high quality, patient-focused operation2015 Kerpchar
    Manual of surgical pathology20103rdLester
    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 operative surgery
    (download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford handbook of surgical nursing
    (download for up to 3 months at a time)
    2016 Smith
    Perioperative medicine for the junior clinician2015 Symons
    Perioperative practice at a glance2015 Wicker
    Pocket guide to the operating room20204thGoldman
    Principles and practice of surgery20187thGarden
    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
    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
    Video atlas of advanced minimally invasive surgery2013 Frantzides
    Wellbeing (Success in Academic Surgery Series)2020 Kim