Virtual babies, jars of tobacco and distorting spectacles were just some of the unusual items used to promote good health.
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust has collected 2,500 items in its health resource library, based in Church View, Clay Cross, all designed to improve patients’ well-being.
A spokesperson for the library, said: “We have a lot of useful aids here, as well as information on managing many different conditions and health promotion tools.
“It has taken years to build up such an extensive resource library, drawing on the best tools and health advice out there.
“Our aim is primarily to support NHS staff in their day-to-day care of patients.”
DVDs, CD roms, games, teaching packs, leaflets and posters and video/audio aids are among the aids available for loan.
The quirkier aids include “drunk and dangerous” glasses to show the effects of alcohol on impairing judgement, tobacco tar to help with stop smoking sessions and virtual babies to give a taste of parenthood to young people.