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Teddy Bear Clinic Easing Children’s Thoughts About Hospital on Kids Day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

The final day of the Sydney Royal Easter Show marked the day that is all about children; kid’s day. While some vendors offered two-for-one deals on rides and even cheaper entry, the Teddy Bear Clinic from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead had a different attraction on offer.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead have been at the show for its duration, offering children the chance to view the process of going to hospital – from the perspective of a teddy bear.

Children get to pick out and name their own teddy bear, and follow a step-by-step simulated medical process that aims to inform and reduce fear in children about such consultations.

The concept began as a medical student-led volunteer initiative, and has since grown to become a must-have in children’s hospitals as it has proven to keep children calm and informed during actual medical procedures.   

Show Radio field reporter Tyler with her bear ‘Ted’ and Dr Justin from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Here is the audio from Tyler’s simulated medical consultation with Dr Justin:

Tyler’s visit to the Teddy Bear Hospital

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