Teddy bear hospital has serious health message

There were even MRI scans for bears
There were even MRI scans for bears

STUDENT doctors in Sheffield set up a ‘teddy bear hospital’ - to give children the chance to find out more about doctors, health and medicine.

The event at the city’s Weston Park Museum was aimed at reducing childhood anxiety about hospitals and doctors and promote staying healthy.

Isabelle checks her bear is fit and well

Isabelle checks her bear is fit and well

Around 300 youngsters took their bears to the hospital, where trainee doctors used stethoscopes to listen to their hearts, put bandages on them and explained about X-rays and MRI scans.

The students held one-to-one consultations with children and talked about hospitals and the roles of doctors.

Some of the children were patients at Sheffield Children’s Hospital or are booked in for appointments. Workshops helped them learn about healthy eating and exercise.

Sheffield medical student Tejaswi Bommireddy, aged 21, said: “It was a fun day and lots of the children had smiles on their faces, so I hope we were able to ease any concerns they may have because it can be daunting for children to see a doctor or to go to hospital.

Three year old James McCready with his bear after a bandage fixed his poorly arm

Three year old James McCready with his bear after a bandage fixed his poorly arm

“As student doctors the more experience we have of working with children the better .”

Ava gets her bear checked out

Ava gets her bear checked out

Eleanor, Oliver & Roscoe wait to have their bears checked out

Eleanor, Oliver & Roscoe wait to have their bears checked out

Three year old James McCready checks his bears fur pressure

Three year old James McCready checks his bears fur pressure

Another healthy box ticked by James and his bear

Another healthy box ticked by James and his bear

The kids had their bears checked out at the Teddy Hospital run by students

The kids had their bears checked out at the Teddy Hospital run by students

James, Ben and Amy check their bears height

James, Ben and Amy check their bears height