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