Archive for December, 2011

Lancet access via Athens

From 3 January 2012, every member of staff who is eligible for an NHS Athens password will be able to access the latest online editions of The Lancet, as well as back copies from the last 4 years. 

If you do not have an Athens password you can register for one online   If you need any help a please contact your Athens administrator (Lynsey Hawker lhawker@sgul.ac.uk)

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December 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm Leave a comment

NHS Evidence site maintenance

The NHS Evidence site will be undergoing maintenance between 5pm and 6pm on Tuesday 20th December.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

December 19, 2011 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

Christmas opening hours

Please be aware that the Library will be closed from:
5pm Friday 23rd December 2011

The Library will reopen:
8am Tuesday 3rd January 2012

The Computer Rooms will be open as usual throughout the festive period (a valid ID card will be essential for access at these times).

With best wishes for 2012,
St George’s Library

December 15, 2011 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Prodigy Updates Available

The following PRODIGY topics have been updated to include new evidence and recommendations published by National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
  • Alcohol – problem drinking has been revised to reflect recommendations in the clinical guideline Alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence from NICE (2011).
  • The prescriptions in Asthma and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been amended to reflect the removal of the black triangle from Serevent Evohaler® (salmeterol cfc-free inhaler).
  • Bowel screening has been updated to include information on NHS bowel cancer screening programmes in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
  • Breast screening has been updated to include the extension to the age range for women eligible for routine breast screening through the NHS Breast Screening programme in England. The Easy Read patient information leaflet on breast screening has also been updated to reflect these changes.
  • Diabetes – type 1 and Insulin therapy in type 1 diabetes have been updated to include the information on fitness to drive from the DVLA’s guidance for medical practitioners, At a glance guide to the current medical standards of fitness to drive (2011).
  • Influenza – seasonal has been revised with the updated doses of oseltamivir in renal impairment in line with the British National Formulary (BNF).
  • The main changes in Insulin therapy in type 2 diabetes include:
    • The addition of information on fitness to drive from the DVLA’s guidance for medical practitioners, At a glance guide to the current medical standards of fitness to drive (2011).
    • The removal of Optiset®, Opticlick® and Optipen® devices from the topic as Sanofi are to phase these out by December 2011.
  • Lipid Modificationhas been updated to include the MHRA warning on the interaction between systemic fusidic acid and statins.
  • Opioid dependence has been updated to incorporate the relevant recommendations from the NICE guideline Needle and syringe programmes: providing people who inject drugs with injecting equipment (2009) into the topic.
A literature search was conducted in October 2011 to identify evidence-based guidelines, UK policy, systematic reviews, and key RCTs published since the last revision of the following topics:
  • Pubic Lice – the literature search identified the United Kingdom National Guideline in the Management of Phthirus pubis infestation (2007) produced by the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV. Recommendations within this guideline are consistent with the current PRODIGY topic therefore no changes to recommendations have been made.
  • Roundworm – no changes to clinical recommendations have been made.
  • Scabies – the literature search identified the United Kingdom National Guideline on the Management of Scabies infestation (2007) produced by the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV. Recommendations within this guideline are consistent with the current PRODIGY topic therefore no changes to recommendations have been made.
  • Threadworm – no changes to clinical recommendations have been made.

December 9, 2011 at 11:17 am Leave a comment


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