Thoracic Surgery

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Electronic Resources

The NHS subscribes to key healthcare databases, full text journals, e-books and more for its staff. To access these you need to have an Athens username and password. You can obtain one by self-registering at:

An Athens Self-Registration leaflet is available from the Education Centre Libraries at Good Hope, Heartlands, Solihull and Queen Elizabeth hospital

E-Books Collection

(Require Athens Registration)


Staff can access the following Thoracic Surgery full text electronic journals through their Athens account from the ASK Discovery Tool

  • · American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

  • Annals of Thoracic Surgery

  • Annals of American Thoracic Society

  • Annals of Thoracic Medicine

  • Chest

  • European Heart Journal

  • Heart

  • Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Operative Techniques in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia

  • Thoracic Surgery Clinics

  • Thorax

Useful Websites

This section lists some useful websites, organisations, professional bodies, and Patient information sites useful for Thoracic Surgery professionals.

British Thoracic Society                  

The site highlights the guidelines, audit tools and useful clinical information on various conditions.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Network

Source of educational and scientific research information for cardiothoracic surgeons.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Videos

Free videos on various topics are available such as Thoracoscopy, VAT’s, aortic valve replacement and more.

Clinical Key

Clinical Key enables searching from a single platform across eBooks, eJournals, procedural videos, drug information and images

Cochrane Lung Cancer Group

Produces systematic reviews of evidence for primary prevention, treatment, and other therapies for lung cancer and intra-thoracic tumours.


A targeted “current awareness” service for high impact documents in your area.

NICE Guidelines

A complete list of all NICE guidelines- published or in development– available here.

MedlinePlus – Lungs and Breathing

Produced by National Library of Medicine, this site is useful to find information on a drug or supplement, view medical videos or illustrations. 

NHS Evidence      

24/7 website for accessing recent guidelines, Cochrane Systematic Reviews and primary literature from healthcare databases.

Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland                

Access to the professionals area requires login

STS Risk Calculator

Calculates a patient’s risk of mortality and other morbidities. However this calculator has not been validated with European patient data.


Database of images, articles, case presentations and includes a section on Thoracic Trauma


Contains description of operative techniques with video clips of live procedures