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11th Feb 2022

After two years, The Teddy Bear Hospital is officially back

Katy Thornton

teddy bear in hospital

Covid-19 put a halt on many things, including Teddy Bear Hospital.

According to RTÉ News, NUI Galway is back this year with their Teddy Bear Hospital, after reverting to a virtual hospital due to coronavirus restrictions. This year, worried teddy owners will rest easy knowing their bears are getting the very best care. Junior and Senior Infants from Mercy Primary School in Galway and Gaeilscoil Chnoc na Ré in Sligo had their teddy bears treated by NUIG medical students.

Medical students visit these school classrooms to examine and care for the students’ sick teddy bears. In doing so, they help the kids feel less anxious around doctors.

According to RTÉ News:

Up to 50 medical, healthcare and science students were on hand to diagnose and treat teddy bears in the comfort of the classroom. The aim is to help children feel more comfortable around doctors and hospitals.”

All bears treated will receive a “pawscription” as well as a referral if required.

We’re glad these bears are getting the tender loving care they so richly deserve. While the virtual consultations were no doubt a success, it’s nice to have these done in person again. We’re sure the bears in particular will agree.

Header image via Shutterstock

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