Sick teddy bears won’t have to face the lengthy waiting lists in the public system, as the eighth annual Teddy Bear Hospital returns to NUI Galway later this month.
Over 1,500 sick teddy bears are expected to be admitted to the hospital on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 January, accompanied by their minders, 1,500 primary school children.
The event is organised by the Sláinte Society, the NUI Galway branch of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations, and up to 200 medical and science students will diagnose and treat the teddy bears.
In the process, they hope to help children, ranging in age from three to eight years, feel more comfortable around doctors and hospitals.
Over the years, children have come along with teddy bears suffering from an imaginative range of sore ears, sick tummies and all kinds of others weird and wonderful ailments. This year, 26 local primary schools are participating in the event.
“We have had unprecedented demand for Teddy Bear Hospital this year, and are delighted that so many teddies and their owners can be accommodated,” commented Henry Roberts, a second-year medical student at NUI Galway and co-organiser of Sláinte Society.
Recuperating teddy bears can avail of medical supplies from the Teddy Bear Pharmacy, stocked with healthy fruit from Total Produce, along with medical supplies from Matt O’Flaherty and Boots.
Further support for the event has come from, among others, Abbott pharmaceuticals, MPS, the Bon Secours Hospital and Leo Walsh pharmacy.