Connect with us
Primary school children attended the UL Teddy Bear Hospital on Wednesday to interact with students at University of Limerick’s School of Medicine Primary school children attended the UL Teddy Bear Hospital on Wednesday to interact with students at University of Limerick’s School of Medicine

Education

UL Teddy Bear Hospital a ‘paw-sitive’ experience for Limerick primary school children

Published

on

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

Primary school children attended the UL Teddy Bear Hospital on Wednesday to interact with students at University of Limerick’s School of Medicine
Pictured at the The University of Limerick Teddy Bear Hospital is Fiona He teaching the kids all about the lungs. Pic True Media.

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.


advertisement



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.

Primary school children attended the UL Teddy Bear Hospital on Wednesday to interact with students at University of Limerick’s School of Medicine
Pictured at the The University of Limerick Teddy Bear Hospital is Zainullah Durani from Presentation School and Ciaran Flanagan, UL. Pic True Media.

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.

Read more student stories here.
Find out more about UL here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.