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A wide range of clinical and non-clinical resources are available in print and electronically via: 

NHS Wales LibrarySearch 

NHS Wales LibrarySearch is an online catalogue for NHS Wales libraries (including Cardiff University Health Libraries) and the NHS Wales e-Library.  To use these resources effectively, you will need to be a registered library member.  

Some resources require you to log in.  If you have an NHS Wales email address and network (Nadex) account, use them when prompted to “choose how to sign in”.  

If you don’t have an NHS Wales email and login let us know: 

Once logged in you shouldn't need to log in again during your session. 

If you cannot find the book or journal you are looking for, or if they are held outside Cardiff, please complete the inter-library request form on NHS Wales LibrarySearch (top menu bar) or email with the details. 

E-resources for CAVUHB staff 


UpToDate is a clinical decision support resource that provides answers to clinical questions on over 10,000 topics in over 25 medical specialties.  UpToDate topic reviews cover all of the major aspects of a particular condition, including symptoms, tests, diagnosis and treatment options.  Patient information materials are also available.  It is available from:  Search - UpToDate . To access the app, login on a CAVUHB PC, click on "Register" on the top right of the page and create an account. You can now download it to your phone from your usual app store.  

Staff health and wellbeing resources 

We have a range of self-help and wellbeing books in our libraries, including titles from the Books on Prescription (Reading Well) scheme. 


NHS Wales e-Library: e- resources for all NHS Wales staff 

The NHS Wales e-Library for Health is funded by the Welsh Government and hosted by Digital Health and Care Wales. It is available to all staff in NHS Wales. 

The e-Library has a wide ranging collection of databases, evidence summaries, e-journals, e-books, medicines information, clinical guidelines including the Royal Marsden Manual Online, BMJ Learning, BMJ Best Practice, BMJ Case Reports, ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Nursing. 

If you are using an NHS Wales networked PC or device, you should not have to log-in.  If you are not logged into the NHS network you will be asked to log-in with an NHS Wales email address or an OpenAthens account.  

BMJ Best Practice 

BMJ Best Practice  is a clinical decision support tool, uniquely structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptom evaluation, tests to order and treatment approach.  It includes patient information leaflets. 

Clinical Key 

ClinicalKey gives access to clinical summaries, 600+ journals, 1,150+ books, systematic reviews, practice guidelines, patient information and 18,000 videos and images relating to all medical and surgical specialities. This current, peer-reviewed, evidence-based information is updated daily. ClinicalKey Nursing provides specialist nursing e-journals and e-books in addition to the general features.  It includes patient information leaflets in several languages. 


Databases - e-Library for Health The NHS Wales e-Library provides a range of clinical and management databases including: 

Allied & Complementary Medicine (AMED); Applied Social Sciences Index & Abstracts (ASSIA); British Nursing Database; CINAHL Plus with Full Text; Cochrane Library; EMBASE; Healthcare Administration Database; Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC); Maternity and Infant Care Database (MIDIRS); MEDLINE; Micromedex Healthcare Series; Travel Health Pro; TRIP Pro; WISDOM. 

E-journals and e-books 

The e-Library provides access to thousands of current, full text e-Journals from many publishers. E-books are also available via ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Nursing and other collections.  All e-books should be available to NHS Wales staff, except where there are local UHB/Trust collections which are only accessible to the staff in that UHB/Trust. 

Clinical guidelines, procedures and pathways 

The NHS Wales e-Library guidelines page provides links to a number of sources, including iRefer, WISDOM, in addition to the Royal Marsden Manual

Medicines information 

BNF, BNFC and Micromedex Healthcare Series are available.  

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