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.
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.



09/03/2021 New ebook content added
Gattuso’s Differential Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology
 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.

Journal Coverage Notes
Advances in Surgery 2007-
American Journal of Surgery 2007-
American Journal of Surgical Pathology 1996-
American Journal of Transplantation 2001-
American Surgeon 1997-
Annals of Medicine and Surgery 2012-
Annals of Surgery 1996-
Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research 2014-
ANZ Journal of Surgery 2001-
BMC Surgery 2001-
BMJ 1840-
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 Surgery 1998-
Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2006-
Canadian Journal of Surgery 2007-
Case Reports in Surgery 2011-
Case Reports in Transplantation 2011-
Clinical Transplantation 1999-
Current Problems in Surgery 2007-
Frontiers in Surgery 2014-
Innovative Surgical Sciences 2016-
The International journal of medical robotics and computer assisted surgery  2004-
International Journal of Surgery 2007-
International Journal of Surgery Case Reports 2010-
International Journal of Surgery Open 2015-
International Journal of Surgery Case Protocols 2016-
Journal of Minimal Access Surgery 2005-
Journal of Surgical Case Reports 2010-
Journal of Surgical Education 2007-
Journal of Surgical Research 2007-
Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2007-
Journal of Transplantation 2009-
Lancet 2007-
Lasers in surgery and medicine   1996-
Microsurgery 1996-
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) 1990-
Operating Theatre Journal 2009-
Patient Safety in Surgery 2007-
Perioperative Care and Operating Room Management 2015-
Perioperative Medicine 2012-
Scandinavian Journal of Surgery 2002-
The Surgeon 2007-
Surgery 2007- ISSN 0039-6060 Mosby
Surgery (Oxford) 2007- ISSN 0263-9319. Medicine Publishing Company
The Surgery Journal 2015-
Surgery Research & Practice 2014-
Surgical Case Reports 2015-
Surgical Clinics of North America 2007-
Surgical Pathology Clinics 2008-
Surgical Practice 2005-
Transplantation 1996-
Transplantation Direct 2015-
Transplantation Proceedings 2007-
Transplantation Reports 2016-
Transplantation Reviews 2007-
Transplant International 1997-
World Journal of Transplantation 2011-


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


Title Year Edition First author
Abernathy’s surgical secrets 2018 7th Harken
Advancing Surgical Education : Theory, Evidence and Practice 2019 Nestel
Anaesthesia, intensive care and perioperative medicine A-Z: an encyclopaedia of principles & practice 2019 6th Yentis
Atlas of advanced operative surgery 2013 Khatri
Atlas of minimally invasive surgical techniques 2012 Vernon
Atlas of trauma/emergency surgical techniques. 2014 Cioffi
Core topics in general and emergency surgery: Companion to specialist surgical practice 2019 6th Paterson-Brown
The Complete Recovery Room Book 2020 6th Craig
Current surgical therapy 2020 13th Cameron
Essential surgery: problems, diagnosis and management 2020 6th Quick
Essential surgical procedures. 2016 Velasco
Essentials of equipment in anaesthesia, critical care, and peri-operative medicine 2019 5th Al-Shaikh
Foundations for operating department practice: essential theory for practice 2014 Abbott
Fundamentals of medical-surgical nursing: a systems approach 2014 Brady
The fundamentals of surgical instruments: a practical guide to their recognition, use and care. 2018 Moutrey
Gattuso’s Differential Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology 2022 4th Reddy
Get ahead! Surgery: 100 EMQs for finals 2015 2nd Wigley
Gray’s surgical anatomy 2020 Brennan
Health Services Research (Success in Academic Surgery Series)
2020 2nd Dimick
Holcomb and Ashcraft’s pediatric surgery 2020 7th Holcomb
Human Factors in Surgery : Enhancing Safety and Flow in Patient Care 2020 Cohen
Intraoperative consultation 2015 Marchevsky
Kirk’s general surgical operations 2013 6th Novell
Leadership in Surgery
2019 2nd Kibbe
Lecture notes: General surgery 2016 13th Ellis
Leveraging lean in surgical services: creating a cost effective, standardized, high quality, patient-focused operation 2015 Kerpchar
Manual of surgical pathology 2010 3rd Lester
MCQs and EMQs in surgery (Bailey & Love revision guide) 2015 2nd Datta
Medical-surgical nursing at a glance 2016 Peate
Minor surgery at a glance 2017 Mohan
The Mont Reid surgical handbook 2018 7th Sutton
Netter’s Surgical Anatomy and Approaches
2021 2nd Delaney
On Call Surgery 2020 4th Adams
Oxford handbook of operative surgery
(download for up to 3 months at a time)
2017 3rd Agarwal
Oxford handbook of surgical nursing
(download for up to 3 months at a time)
2016 Smith
Perioperative medicine for the junior clinician 2015 Symons
Perioperative practice at a glance 2015 Wicker
Pocket guide to the operating room 2020 4th Goldman
Principles and practice of surgery 2018 7th Garden
Rapid perioperative care 2017 Wicker
Rosai and Ackerman’s surgical pathology 2018 11th Goldblum
Sabiston textbook of surgery: the biological basis of modern surgical practice 2017 20th Townsend
SBAs for the MRCS Part A: a Bailey and Love revision guide 2019 2nd Elwell
SBA MCQs for the MRCS part A 2013 Thrumurthy
Surgery at a glance 2013 5th Grace
Surgical decision making: beyond the evidence based surgery 2020 6th McIntyre
Surgical Management of the Transgender Patient 2016 Schechter
Surgical quality improvement. 2017 Kelz
Transplantation: Companion to specialist surgical practice 2014 5th Forsythe
Transplantation surgery (Springer surgery atlas) 2019 Oniscu
Video atlas of advanced minimally invasive surgery 2013 Frantzides
Wellbeing (Success in Academic Surgery Series) 2020 Kim