Teddy Bear Hospital
Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) is a Public Health project for 3-7-year-old children – the aim is to reduce children’s fear of doctors and hospitals. It is also a good opportunity for medical students to work with children.
Children can sometimes be frightened or intimidated visit a doctor which can cause major barriers to examining a child or taking a complete history. With Teddy Bear Hospital, children will become more familiar with what doctors look like and what staff in a hospital might wear.
Teddy Bear Hospital is associated with Medsin, the Medical Students’ International Network. Medsin is an independent, student organisation that raises awareness and action for humanitarian and global health issues locally and internationally. Within Medsin in Glasgow University, there are many projects currently running, including HeartStart which teaches Basic Life Support to older children in schools. Medsin-UK is the UK member of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, IFMSA. The Teddy Bear Hospital is a registered project of IFMSA
Who we are
Teddy Bear Hospital is a society formed by healthcare student volunteers studying medicine, nursing or midwifery. All our volunteers are therefore DBS checked and if they come from outside of the healthcare courses we keep a record to make sure all have an active DBS. We run a free educational programme aiming to educate young people on health and increase their awareness of the health sector.
What we do
This year our programme is branching into two schemes. The original Teddy Bear Hospital scheme is still being run for children in reception or year one. In this scheme we set up stations for the children, each focusing on a different aspect of health, including first aid, surgery and hospital visits. Small groups of children rotate around the stations with their teddy bears, practicing their new skills as they go.
The Junior Health Society
JHS was created and set up in 2016 by Pamela Sturges and Thomas Bestwick (medical students) with funding for resources from Long-Term-Conditions Network, West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN and Chair Stoke-on-Trent CCG). This scheme allowed similar teaching sessions to that of TBH but with brand new topics and equipment purchased or created.
As president of TBH in 2015/2016, Pamela introduced the JHS scheme alongside TBH and offered it to the same schools in the same manner as TBH delivery; via email/letters to our growing database of primary schools via our outreach officer Nick Muir (at the time) and use of DBS volunteer). This enabled more children in primary schools to be educated in higher year groups as it is aimed at those aged 9-11 years.
Pamela and Tom received an award from NSA in 2017 for the additional work done on TBH and the introduction of the JHS.
At the end of the 2017/2018 academic year, Pamela and Tom will be leaving the TBH committee and focusing on JHS which is currently being registered as non-profit charity as the new committee is not obliged to continue the JHS in addition to the original TBH scheme.