Scottish Health Protection Information Resource (SHPIR)

The Scottish Health Protection Information Resource (SHPIR) isn’t an information bank on health protection topics, it's more a resource which gives the most up-to date and relevant guidance that can be used in an outbreak or incident.

The content of SHPIR is from the resources that our on-call staff have been using, as well as within the NHS boards. It's considered to be core information on infectious disease and environmental hazards. These resources include:

  • official guidance
  • protocols
  • guidelines
  • Scottish Government Health Department memoranda
  • Department of Health memoranda
  • selected peer reviewed papers
  • other carefully chosen material relevant to the listed topics

At present, SHPIR isn't a publicly available resource and is only available within the NHS to health protection staff.

To request access, please email

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