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The Library and Knowledge Service has a number of ways to keep busy health care staff up to date with the steady flow of evidence. Below is a selected list of resources and services available for your use.

For all resources see the Library and Knowledge Service website.

To access most of the online resources listed you will need an OpenAthens* account. Register for your account at OpenAthens.

*Note: access may be limited to specific organisations; contact us for advice.


  • Lawrence P. Essentials of general surgery and surgical specialties. Wolters Kluwer, 2019. Available in print.
  • Sabiston D et al. Sabiston textbook of surgery: the biological basis of modern surgical practice. Elsevier, 2017. Availabline in print and online.
  • Smith J et al. Textbook of surgery. Wiley-Blackwell, 2020. Available in print.
  • Molloy R et al. SBAs and EMIs for the general surgery FRCS. OUP, 2018. Available in print.

See the full collection of books on the library’s catalogue.

    Clinical Images

    •  Anatomy and physiology online, including interactive 3D models and narrated animations.

      Evidence-Based Clinical Summaries

      • BMJ Best Practice  This combines the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion. Regularly updated, it draws on the latest evidence based research to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. Link to the app.
      • UpToDate Anywhere  An evidence-based clinical decision support resource to support decisions at the point of care. Register for a personal account via BSUH Intranet. Link to the app.

        Exam Preparation and Clinical Skills

          Evidence Searching

          We provide evidence to answer questions about patient care, service improvement, research and clinical teaching. Recent searches for General Surgery include:

          • Follow-up of patients after colorectal/anal surgery for cancer
          • Effect of a physiotherapy-led prehabilitation program on abdominal surgery outcomes
          • Supragastric belching
          • Abdominal aortic aneurysm in octogenerarians

          To request a search, please fill in the request an evidence search form.

            Information Skills Teaching

            We offer a wide range of skills sessions to support evidence-based healthcare. For more information, see the teaching section on our website or email us.


              Save yourself time and ensure you are up-to-date on the latest developments with KnowledgeShare, our award-winning current awareness service. It also links you with colleagues in other trusts to enable sharing of research and best practice in General Surgery. You can log into KnowledgeShare with your NHS OpenAthens account or email us for more information.

              See information on all our resources via the Library and Knowledge Service website.

                Publication date: August 2021

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