Teddy bear hospital
If children have a sick toy they can take it for treatment at the Teddy Bear Hospital, as Suneeta Kochhar, Stephen French, and Ioana Vlad explain
- By: Suneeta Kochhar, Stephen French, Ioana Vlad
At the Teddy Bear Hospital at Guy's, King's, and St Thomas's School of Medicine, schoolchildren from the London borough of Southwark are able to bring sick teddies for a check-up. Aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 7, the hospital first started in 2001 and has two main goals--to reduce children's anxiety about visiting the doctor and to help medical students improve their communication skills with children. By visiting the hospital the children become familiar with hospital environments and learn about medical procedures and equipment in a friendly setting. Sick teddies--or any other favourite toy--are eligible for a 10 minute consultation by a fourth year medical student with first and second year students acting as helpers.
The idea for the Teddy Bear Hospital project originated in Norway and is organised by the European Medical Students' Association (EMSA) and the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). According to