Teddy Bear Hospital

It’s Sunday evening, I have had a totally unproductive weekend bingeing on Gilmore Girls and just woke up from what was meant to be a 20 minute power nap, but turned out to be a 2hour and 20 minute deep sleep…. woops.

Oh well… sleep > life.

So this week’s post is on the Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH)! As part of medical school, we are all encouraged to get involved with those all important extra-curricular activities and one of the societies I chose to get involved with was TBH (of which I am also now the first-year representative – just tooting my own horn here). It’s a really fun society which is centred around teaching and paediatrics – both of which I am super passionate about – so I thought I would tell you all a little bit more about the organisation itself and hopefully stem some interests in any students that might be reading this!

If you type ‘Teddy Bear Hospital’ into Google, the first website that comes up is a tragic site for fixing severely oppressed teddies; I have to say I spent a good 5-10 minutes admiring their handy-work before getting back to the task at hand (hello queen of procrastination).

As exciting as it would be to mend deformed toys, we are actually a project run by medical students all over the UK with the aim of making children more comfortable with going to see their doctor, as well as teaching them about their health.

So, how does it work?

A typical TBH session:

The children (normally aged between 3-8) are asked in advance to bring their ‘poorly teddy bears‘ to school. We (theΒ doctors ) then organise a range of stations, including:

  • ‘Scrub up’ (basically just fancy dress and hand washing technique)
  • Emergency and first aid (calling 999)
  • Exercise
  • Basic anatomy (let’s be honest, this station is simply listening to each others’ hearts for 10 minutes)
  • Plaster casting (this gets real messy and somehow the teddies mysteriously start accumulating injuries for the pure purpose of covering them in more plaster)
  • Pawscriptions (the children get to write about what’s wrong with their teddy, and learn how they can look after them properly!)
  • Healthy eating

This week’s session was the first one organised by yours truly, and although chaotic (it was with a Reception class – go figure), it was a huge success (excluding the couple of accidents in the dress-up scrubs which are currently spinning in my washing machine), and the children had a great time!

So that’s TBH in a nutshell! If you are a medical student and have any stories you’re willing to share, do get in touch! Or if your university doesn’t yet have a TBH society and you’re keen on starting one up – I’m happy to help πŸ™‚

And just because this is an excuse to promote the Teddy Bear Hospital Society at the University of Warwick, check out the link below!

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/med/study/ugr/mbchb/societies/teddybearhospital/

Until next time,

Y.

 

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