Access a wide-range of NHS electronic resources such as journals, databases and electronic books from anywhere to find the information you need, via NHS OpenAthens.

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Registering for NHS OpenAthens

NHS OpenAthens allows you to access quality information resources online, including healthcare databases, e-journals, e-books. You will need to create an account in order to access these resources.

Who is eligible?

NHS OpenAthens accounts are freely available to NHS staff, and students on NHS-commissioned courses.

How can I register?

NHS members of staff can self-register for an account by completing the online form. Please note: you must be logged on to an NHS or library computer to create your account. If you are using an external computer, you will need to use your NHS email address to register in order to confirm your eligibility. If you do not use one of these methods, you will not be able to access the resources.

Please note: students on NHS-commissioned courses are also able to register for OpenAthens, but will need to request a password by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Eligible students include:

    • Medical
    • Nursing
    • Physiotherapy
    • Paramedics


2 minute video tutorial on registering for an OpenAthens account

What happens next?

Once you have self-registered for an account, you should receive an activation email within 2 hours. Follow the link in this email to set your password and activate your account (passwords should be between 8-20 characters long and must include a number). The activation code will expire after 2 weeks. If you do not receive an activation email within 24 hours of submitting your registration, please contact your OpenAthens administrators.

Forgotten your password?

Reset your password

Updating your account

Update your account information (for example, change your password, email address or organisation).

Renew your account

If your account has expired, but you are still an eligible user, you can renew your account. If you have any problems or queries regarding NHS OpenAthens, please contact your local OpenAthens Administrator.

Local OpenAthens Administrator

Stephen Reid
St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, including Community Services Division and NHS Wandsworth  and CCG staff
020 8725 5433
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Olga Rak
South West London and St. George’s Mental Health Trust
020 3513 5026
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NICE Evidence Search

NICE Evidence Search provides access to the best UK-focused evidence based resources and is especially good for locating guidelines, policies and reviews.


NHS Healthcare Databases

If you are searching for articles on a topic use one of the NHS Healthcare databases. You can access the following NHS databases with your NHS OpenAthens account hosted by NICE:

  • AMED
  • BNI
  • Embase
  • Health Business Elite
  • HMIC
  • Medline
  • PsycINFO


Evidence Based Healthcare Resources

Access the Cochrane Library for systematic reviews of healthcare interventions. If you want to find out more about resources to support evidence based healthcare and the principles behind it, read our Evidence-based Healthcare page.


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NHS E-journals

NHS staff have access to thousands electronic full-text journals covering clinical medicine, nursing, psychology and healthcare management, as well as print titles available in the Library. See the journals list hosted by NICE.

Remember to sign in with your OpenAthens username and password to search this page. For further help with NHS journals see our online guide to finding NHS Journals.

Access to additional university e-journals is normally only available onsite at St. George’s Library, unless you have an honorary title with St George’s, University of London or you are an academic with an NHS honorary contract. Talk to a member of library staff for more details.


NHS E-books

NHS e-books can be found through Hunter. One you have found an e-book record in Hunter, click on NHS users login here and login with your OpenAthens username and password. For further help with NHS E-books see our guide: Finding NHS E-books.


NHS Apps

The NICE BNF and BNFC apps are being phased out from July 2017.   A new app has been created by the publishers with full details on the BNF website.

Both the BNF and BNF for Children apps are available to download for free by anyone working for the NHS.  Students on an NHS commissioned course or on placement in the NHS are also eligible.  The apps are available for Android and iPhone devices.  NHS OpenAthens is no longer required. The NICE version of the app will  no longer continue to be updated.

The BNF and BNFc can also be accessed online without a login.

The NICE Guidance app remains available.


Other NHS E-resources

Visit the NICE’s My Resources page to see a list of all the resources available to you including BMJ's Clinical Evidence and Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin.


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Accessing St George's University Hospital Intranet

You can access St George's University Hospital Intranet from an onsite SGUL computer by following the instructions below.

1) Go to: http://stginet   (note:  please use Internet Explorer)

2) A login box will appear. UserName is "stgeorges\school_user" without the quotation marks.

3) Password is "access"

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 05 December 2018 12:35