Archive for November, 2011

Pop up Library service…

Thursday 8th December Main Reception, Atkinson Morley Wing, 12pm-2pm

The Library Service is coming to you!  Our new drop in lunch time surgeries are designed to save you time.  Come along and speak to our Library staff for help and support with:

  • Finding reliable information to answer clinical queries
  • Evidence to support patient care
  • Case studies to aid service development
  • Guidance on using resources to help you find the information you need
  • Getting access to the journals and books you need where you need them

Learn about our CARES literature searching service and other Library services available to you

Register for the Library and/or NHS Athens and get information on how these services can help you.

Meet our friendly staff and chat to them about how the Library can help you in your work and research.

Upcoming dates and times

Tuesday 24th January  Main Reception,  Atkinson Morley Wing


November 30, 2011 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Map of medicine updates

New care maps! 
The following care maps have been newly developed by our Clinical Editorial team and expert contributors, and are available to view, print and share:

Anaemia NEW! 
Cough in children NEW!
Cough in adults  NEW!                                       
Crystal arthropathy NEW! 
Pelvic organ prolapse NEW!                           
Hip pain NEW!

The latest evidence

Map of Medicine monitors over 150 guidance producers, and constantly searches over 3,000 sources for the latest meta-analyses and systematic reviews, enabling healthcare professionals to stay abreast of changes through a single resource. The care maps below have been updated with the latest evidence-based recommendations:

  • Bladder cancer: use of pioglitazone (an oral treatment for type 2 diabetes) is associated with a small increased risk of bladder cancer. Healthcare professionals should be aware of new warnings and precautions for use in at-risk patients
  • Epilepsy in adults: now including the latest evidence from NICE recommending retigabine for the adjunctive treatment of partial onset seizures with or without secondary generalisation where other options have failed
  • Fluid and electrolyte imbalance: the Pathology Harmony Group have produced guidelines on reference intervals for normal sodium and potassium levels. This is of particular interest to users and commissioners of hospital diagnostic services
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) in children and adolescents: NICE have now updated their guidance on endoluminal gastroplication. Check out the secondary care page of the care map for the latest recommendation
  • Hip fracture: newly updated recommendations from NICE including the timing of surgery, patient and carer views and information are now incorporated throughout the care map
  • Miscarriage updated to include new guidance from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the investigation and treatment of couples with recurrent first-trimester and second-trimester miscarriage; also now with the latest evidence on indications for transvaginal and transbdominal cerclage in the treatment of cervical incompetence for women suffering recurrent miscarriage
  • Myeloma:  see the ‘Initial chemotherapy’ care points for the latest evidence on bortezomib and thalidomide for the first-line treatment of multiple myeloma
  • Retinal detachment: includes recent new guidelines from the College of Optometrists on examining patients who complain of flashes and floaters, and when to refer urgently or as emergency
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: abatacept is now recommended for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis after the failure of conventional disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. See the medical treatment page of the care map
  • Warts: new evidence indicates that cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen is associated with higher costs per additional healed patient than 50% salicylic acid for the treatment of verrucae

For a full list of updates in this issue, please visit our  NeNNewNeNeNeNewNe New & Updated page.

Coming soon
The following topics are in development and will be available to your local area in early 2012:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Ankle injury
  • Anxiety
  • Knee injuries
  • Knee pain  NEW!
  • Neonatal assessment
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

View this Map of Medicine bulletin online at

November 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

NHS Staff Library User Group – get involved

A reminder that the  next meeting of the NHS Staff Library user group is being held on Tuesday 29th November
If you would like to have your say on your Library services please come along.  Please email Lynsey Hawker if you would
like more information or would like to attend.

November 24, 2011 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

New mobile resources page

Our new page on mobile resources is designed to give a brief introduction to using mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, e-readers etc) to access health information.

You can find our mobile resources page listed under Databases on the Library website or click on the link below to be taken straight there.

This is a page in progress if you have any comments or feedback on the content of this page please email Lynsey Hawker at

November 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

NHS Evidence Public Health

Since May 2011 The National Library for Public Health content can be found in NHS Evidence. Simply follow the link on the front page and search the public health resources.

As the transition to the new interface is under way, you may temporarily find it harder to locate certain Public Health resources. Content and presentation of Public Health evidence will continue to be improved over the coming weeks and months. The library team are working with NHS Evidence on these developments. If you wish to contact us NLPH please send an email to

If you have a query related to NHS Evidence use the direct email address

November 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Cochrane Library problems

The Cochrane library is currently experiencing technical problems. Please be advised that search results pages may display slowly (>30 seconds), due to an intermittent problem.  This problem is currently  being investigated by theirtechnical development team so hopefully it will be resolved soon.

November 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment

NHS Evidence website maintenance

The NHS Evidence site will be undergoing maintenance between 5pm and 6pm on Tuesday 8th November.

Apologies  for any inconvenience caused during this maintenance period.

November 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

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