Teddies in ‘hospital’ care
Sore paws and broken bones are likely to be typical complaints at the second annual Teddy Bear Hospital, taking place this year at the Otara Leisure Centre in South Auckland on Saturday, July 28 and also at Starship children’s hospital on Saturday, August 4.
The Teddy Bear Hospital is run by University of Auckland medical students for young children and their teddies.
Children bring their ‘‘sick’’ teddies in for treatment and medical students use the experience to teach children and families about healthy living and help children to feel comfortable in a medical environment.
The children get full access to experiment and play with all of the doctor’s equipment in order to demystify an experience that could otherwise be daunting.