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All emergency departments must have GP led triage by October

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Every hospital in England must have a “comprehensive” GP led triage system in emergency departments by October 2017 in a bid to avoid a repeat of the winter crisis that gripped the service this year, NHS leaders have said.

The requirement is one of several “concrete changes” demanded by NHS England’s chief executive, Simon Stevens, and the chief executive of NHS Improvement, Jim Mackey, in a letter sent after the chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget pledge to give the NHS an extra £100m (€115m; $120m) in 2017‑18 to spend on easing pressures in accident and emergency departments.


NICE recommends ixekizumab for persistent severe plaque psoriasis

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), in its final draft guidance issued this week, has recommended ixekizumab, an antibody that inhibits interleukin-17A, as an option for treating adults with severe plaque psoriasis that doesn’t respond to standard therapies.

General practice opening hours to be scrutinised

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From October general practices in England will be financially penalised if they close during core working hours during the week, the chief executive of NHS England has said.

Simon Stevens told MPs on the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee that changes to the GP contract, which will be introduced in October, will allow NHS England to scrutinise GP opening hours more closely and take action where necessary.

New website address!

We now have a new (more memorable!) website address  ~ find a wealth of information at .

Old HDAS being switched off

The old version of NHS HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advanced Search) is being switched off on Friday 3rd March 2017. Please make sure you have migrated any saved searches to new HDAS ( and updated any links and bookmarks. Links to updated guides and help is available on the ‘databases‘ page of the Library website.
For more information, help or training please email the Library or call 01625 661362.

Breast Surgery Bulletin Published

February edition of Breast Surgery Bulletin can be accessed here 

Critical Care Bulletin Published

The February edition of our Critical Care Bulletin has just been published here

New nurse revalidation books

Some great new books to support nurse revalidation ~ available to borrow today!


Update on Diabetic Foot Disease and more!

NICE_weightRead the latest articles in the current issue of Diabetic Medicine, including – New horizons in the understanding of the causes and management of diabetic foot disease report from the 2017 Diabetes UK Annual Professional Conference Symposium.

Log in with your NHS OpenAthens password to access full text articles.

Find out about Social Prescribing

Do you know what it is? The Kings Fund has published an explanation looking at whether social prescribing works and how it fits in with wider health and care policy. Go to  What is Social Prescribing?  to find out more.

Recent article authored by MDGH staff

Read the recent article, “ABCDE2…expose the eye”  (a case report concerning a blunt instrument injury) published by staff from the Departments of Ophthalmology at Aintree University Hospital and  Macclesfield District General Hospital.

To read the full article here , log in with your East Cheshire NHS Trust Athens account.


Nurse revalidation


A new Library leaflet to support nurse revalidation ~ available on our website!

Contact the Library for more information: email or call 01625 661362.

Falls In Older People- NICE Quality Standard

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) –  quality standard has been updated to set out the best practice for health and social professionals to support them in preventing falls. The guidance has been updated to highlight the importance of routine appointments with family doctors, at hospital, or during home visits by social care workers, as they can help to prevent falls, disability and loss of independence.

Read more here   and see the NICE Guidance Nice_logo

New books

Lots of new books available in the Library!

Randomised Coffee Trial report

A big thank you to everyone who came along and took part in our Randomised Coffee Trial in December. Read the report of the event and its outcomes.


Out now- Breast Surgery Bulletin

The latest Breast Surgery update can be found here

New! Critical Care Bulletin

The library has published  latest Critical Care Bulletin here

Library Printer Scheduled Downtime

The library printer/copier machine (2nd Floor New Alderley House) is scheduled to be upgraded with new software on the 12th and 13th January 2017. Therefore, during these dates, the printer/copier facilities will be unavailable and there will be no printing facilities available from the library computers.

Anaemia is associated with hearing loss in adults

Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) has been found to be associated with hearing loss in adults by a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Using the electronic medical records of 305 339 adults aged between 21 and 90 years, researchers at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine examined the association between IDA and sensorineural hearing loss (when there is damage to the cochlea or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain) and conductive hearing loss (hearing loss because of problems with the bones of the middle ear). IDA was determined by low haemoglobin and ferritin levels for age and sex.

Solanezumab and the amyloid hypothesis for Alzheimer’s disease

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Solanezumab’s failure is a wake-up call to look elsewhere for an answer to dementia

Is the amyloid cascade hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease too big to fail? It proposes that brain deposition of β amyloid protein is the critical early event in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and has been the centrepiece of dementia research for decades. The hypothesis suggests that removing β amyloid will reverse or prevent the clinical expression of dementia. However, in all phase III clinical trials to date, treatments targeting β amyloid have failed to improve cognitive outcomes despite reducing brain β amyloid.

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