HUNDREDS of school children hugged their teddy bears yesterday as they visited hospital, many for the first time.
But the anxiety surrounding the medical environment was quickly removed at the UL Teddy Bear Hospital event.
Medical school students at UL yesterday hosted the University’s annual Teddy Bear Hospital with over 400 Limerick’s primary school children and their teddy bears.
The aim of the event, which has been organised by five current Graduate Entry Medical School students with a particular interest in childhood medicine, is to alleviate childhood anxiety about the medical environment, its procedures and the professionals that work within it.
Over 100, 1st and 2nd year medical students took part in the event which saw 10 medical stations set up in the University Arena focusing on activities including: triage; stethoscopes; vital signs; x-ray; exercise; surgery/gowning; asthma; safety; first aid, ear nose and throat and healthy eating.
The Teddy Bear Hospital at UL is the first of its kind for the Limerick region and was run by Graduate Entry Medical School students Melissa Shack, Sarah Cheeseman, Deirdre O’Sullivan, Ann Morris, and Jennifer Schacter.