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