Ted­dies in ‘hospi­tal’ care

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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