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Featured Resources


Help keep your baby safe and healthy - avoid drinking alcohol when pregnant or trying for a baby

Help keep your baby safe and healthy during pregnancy - avoid drinking alcohol. By making the choice not to drink any alcohol while pregnant or trying for a baby you are helping to keep your baby safe and healthy.  This leaflet will help you find answers to your questions about alcohol and pregnancy.

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Fetal alcohol syndrome manikin

This non-electronic baby is based on actual Fetal Alcohol Syndrome infants. It represents only some of alcohol’s many devastating effects on a developing fetus, including: small head circumference, narrow eye openings, flat midface, flat nose bridge, ear abnormalities, small for gestational age.

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Understanding fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

A useful introduction to the most common non-genetic learning disability, which is caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Written by two FASD experts, it describes how alcohol can harm the foetus and disrupt development, and explains how FASD affects individuals at different stages of their lives. With the aid of simple, illustrative diagrams, photographs and charts, it shows how you can identify FASD and gives guidance on how mothers at risk can be helped. It also provides advice for parents or carers on how children, young people and adults with FASD can be best supported. Accessible and informative, this is the essential guide to FASD for social workers, family placement teams, child protection workers, foster carers, adoptive parents, midwives and teachers.

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Mental Health and Wellbeing Digital Bookshelf

NHS Forth Valley Health Promotion Service is pleased to announce access to a new digital bookshelf where you can read, download, listen to an audio file or forward a guide to friends and family to support mental health and wellbeing.  There are 22 guides in the series covering various topics, examples include Anxiety, Depression and Low Mood, Eating Disorders, Self Harm and Stress among others. Please visit the bookshelf for further information.

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Bereavement films for professionals

The NES Supporting Scottish Grief and Bereavement Care workstream aims to support the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred care which is provided, before, at and after death, to those who are at the end of life and to the bereaved, within a culture of support for staff health, wellbeing and resilience

Discussing dying is something most of us shy away from. The potential discomfort is not just in the patient’s mind - it’s also likely to be in the minds of the professionals who are looking after them. This video aims to help healthcare professionals discuss dying openly and honestly with their patients.

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What's New

NHS Forth Valley HPAC Catalogue

Welcome to HIRS online ordering system. To get started click on the 'Login/Register' button in the top right hand corner of this page and follow the on-screen introduction. Once you have registered you will be able to choose from our wide range of borrowable resources and place orders for free leaflets, posters and condoms.

Review your favourite resource  Did you know that you can complete an online review of your chosen resource and share your view with other users? Follow the Write an online review link in the item's record, it only takes a few minutes.


Visiting HIRS

You can visit the HIRS Library to view the resources during our Look‘n’Book sessions at the following times:

Tuesday: 1.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday: 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

If you cannot visit at one of the Look‘n’Book times you can make an appointment but please do not just turn up at our premises as there will be no-one to see you outwith arranged times.