Bear facts of medicine

Comment News (Armadale) - - Perth Children’s Hospital -

QUEENS­GATE Med­i­cal Cen­tre was in­un­dated with some in­ter­est­ing pa­tients last week­end as hun­dreds of teddy bears were bought in for their an­nual check-up.

More than 100 peo­ple at­tended the cen­tre’s an­nual teddy bear hos­pi­tal event, where chil­dren and fam­i­lies could take their ‘un­well’ or ‘in­jured’ teddy bears for a health check-up.

Upon check­ing in their bears, chil­dren told the doc­tors what they thought the prob­lem was, took a les­son in ban­dag­ing, gave their teddy an X-ray, took their bear to meet the physio and even took part in well-be­ing and mind­ful­ness treat­ment.

Staff were as­sisted by 25 med­i­cal stu­dents from Notre Dame Univer­sity, who helped guide the chil­dren and their bears through­out the var­i­ous pro­ce­dures.

Gen­eral prac­ti­tioner An­drew Leech said the goal of the event was to ease chil­dren’s’ con­cerns about visit­ing doc­tors.

“The goal is to re­duce fear of med­i­cal set­tings in gen­eral and cre­ate a fun, ex­cit­ing en­vi­ron­ment in our clinic,” he said.

“We want to ex­pose kids to med­i­cal set­tings and get them in­ter­ested in what it’s like com­ing to see the doctor. It was what you’d ex­pect to see in a nor­mal clinic, but aimed at a child and all meant to be fun.”

Second-year Notre Dame Univer­sity med­i­cal stu­dent Bay Ran­som checks up on a teddy bear.

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