Clinical Decision Support
UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource, and is available to all East Cheshire NHS Trust staff and students. UpToDate includes:
BMJ Best Practice
RCNi Decision Support Tool
Which databases are available?
We have access to the national NHS core content databases:
How do I access the databases?
I need help to search the databases
We offer 1-to-1 training in how to search the databases. Contact the library to arrange a session:
There are also online e-learning tutorials which explain how to conduct a literature search using HDAS. These are freely available for NHS staff to access.
Request an evidence / literature search
We can also conduct work-related evidence and literature searches on your behalf. Complete the request form or contact the library with details of your search requirements and we will email you the results.
Browse the journal collection
All our journals are electronic, we don't have any print journals. To browse our collection open BrowZine and search by the journal title (not the article title) or broad subject (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy). You can then see which journals we have access to, along with any embargoes. A detailed guide to using BrowZine is available.
To search for journal articles on a specific topic you will first need to conduct a literature search, using the databases. Contact the library for help on how to do this.
If you have done a search in HDAS, the national NHS databases, you will find links to the full-text of any articles available online at the bottom of each reference. If there is not a link to the full-text then we do not have access to the article online. Any articles we do not have access to we can usually obtain from another library on your behalf. Contact the library with details of the articles you require, or complete the online request form.
How do I access the full-text?
How can I obtain articles we don't have online access to?
If you need an article from a journal we don't have access to we can usually obtain a copy for you from another library. Complete the request form or email us the details.
Articles are free if we can obtain them from another NHS library. Other articles are £1 each (more for articles from the British Library - we would check with you first before ordering from here).
LibKey Nomad is a Chrome browser extension which is included with our BrowZine subscription. Download this free extension and whenever you search online it will display a green teardrop icon on the page if we have full-text access. This makes searching PubMed, Google Scholar etc much more streamlined. Contact the library for more information or a quick demo.
How can I see which books we have in the library?
Do we have access to any e-books?
MyCirqa app & online renewals
You can login to the catalogue to view your library record, and renew your loans. To log in you will need your library card number (on your library barcode) and a PIN. If you don't have a PIN, or have forgotten it, please email the library and we can send you a new number: ecn.tr.StaffLibrary@nhs.net.
You can also use your library card number and PIN to log in to your library record on the MyCirqa App, which can be downloaded for free from your app store. When you first use it you will need to search for our library: type 'Macc' and it will find 'Macclesfield District General Hospital'. Any problems using the app, please get in touch.
BMJ Learning is an online learning platform, with a wide variety of e-learning modules, videos and other learning resources. Login with a personal BMJ Learning or Best Practice login (free to create), or via Athens. With a BMJ Learning account you can earn CME credits and keep track of your learning, for revalidation and appraisals.
Medusa Injectable Medicines Guide
Medusa contains guides which describe the most appropriate method of preparation and administration of medicines administered by the intravenous route with the exception of cytotoxics. To access the guide follow the link in the Start menu of any PC on the trust network.
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases of evidence, including the renowned database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. The systematic reviews are co-ordinated by specialty review groups. Browse each groups reviews, or search by keyword for relevant reviews. It also include the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and Cochrane Clinical Answers.
The TRIP database is a clinical search engine, designed to find quality, accurate research evidence. In addition, when using a computer on the hospital network, you will also have access to Trip Pro, an enhanced version of the database, with additional resources and features.
Help and Training
The Library can provide help and training in how to use the information resources, from a quick 10 minute demo through to more advanced features. Sessions are run one-to-one and are tailored to your specific requirements. We can also attend meetings to demo specific resources to a group of staff. Get in touch to discuss your specific requirements:
Tel: 01625 66 1362
Library & Knowledge Service
Facilitating evidence-based decision making
Page last updated: 27/4/2020