Hundreds of teddies will be treated for various illnesses including broken bones, chest pains and burns at the Teddy Bear Hospital on Saturday 7 June, 9-6pm. The Teddy Bear Hospital, now in its second year, is a project set up by medical students from the Royal Free and University College Medical School.
The consultations with our “teddy doctors” (medical students) will take place in the Sir William Wells Atrium at the Royal Free Hospital in a simulated hospital environment. Children are asked to bring along their sick teddies and the doctors help them to get better. The children aged 3-7 get to see how x-ray machines work, take teddy’s blood pressure and find out what happens in an operation.
The main aim of the project is to encourage a positive attitude towards medicine and health care workers/doctors and to help the children to understand and overcome the trauma of surgery.
Medical student Jo Fawcett, who is helping to organize the event, said: “I’m really looking forward to the event. It will be a lot of fun and hopefully the little ones will go away having some of their fears about hospitals and doctors alleviated.”
If you would like more information and to register your child please go to the newly upgraded Teddy Bear Hospital website: www.ucl.ac.uk/teddy-hosp
The first 100 children to register get a free teddy!
Check-up: Lowri Webster, aged three with medical student Jo Fawcett and Iggy the sick teddy.
Notes to editors
1) For further information contact:
Aysha Shah, communications assistant, Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust.
Tel: 020-7317 7590, Fax: 020-7830 2961
2) The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust has around 900 beds and sees about half a million patients a year from all over the world. We employ 4,900 people and have a turnover of about £375m. Our services include a major accident and emergency service, all branches of surgery and medicine, a renal service serving the whole of north London, paediatrics, maternity services, care of elderly people, an adolescent psychiatric service and one of two high security infectious diseases units in the country. We are renowned for our specialist services including liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, renal, AIDS/HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, paediatric gastroenterology, ENT surgery and audiological medicine, amyloidosis and scleroderma. We are a leading cancer centre with a range of specialist diagnostic and treatment services in oncology and haematology and a major neuroscience base with a network extending throughout north London and into the Home Counties. There are associated internationally recognised research and training programmes.