Pictured at the UL Teddy Bear Hospital are Courtney Coffey Russell and Alicia Ryan, from Our Lady of Lourdes, Limerick performing a successful surgery on their bear. Pic True Media.
Primary school children attended the UL Teddy Bear Hospital on Wednesday to interact with students at University of Limerick’s School of Medicine
The University of Limerick Teddy Bear Hospital took place on Wednesday, March 8 at the UL Arena.
The Teddy Bear Hospital provides children with the opportunity to interact with students at University of Limerick’s School of Medicine in a safe and fun environment while learning more about medicine.
This year, the event was organised by 150 volunteers consisting of first, second and third-year
students and tutors from UL School of Medicine.
The aim of the project is to alleviate childhood anxiety surrounding hospitals and doctors. The
children rotated through 12 different stations, each showcasing a different aspect of medicine
through scenarios, games, and interactive learning.
The Teddy Bear hospital aims to alleviate childhood anxiety about medical environments, procedures, and medical professionals.
The event enables children to learn about the nature of a medical consultation in a fun and engaging way, and it also gives children an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their fears associated with medical settings and treatments.
The Teddy Bear hospital also promotes the importance of a healthy lifestyle and preventative medicine such as healthy nutrition and hand washing, while improving the confidence of medical students to interact with children in a medical setting.
And the sixth goal is to strengthen the relationship between UL School of Medicine and the surrounding community.
The Teddy Bear Hospital is attended by primary school children, but the final session of the event was open to the wider public so that children and their parents could share in the fun and learning.
This year’s Teddy Bear Hospital was the first time since the Covid Pandemic that the event was held in-person.