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Amber Fitzgerald Long, Sarah O’Halloran and Sabhdh O’Dwyer at the annual Teddy Bear Hospital at the University of Limerick

Amber Fitzgerald Long, Sarah O’Halloran and Sabhdh O’Dwyer at the annual Teddy Bear Hospital at the University of Limerick

Amber Fitzgerald Long, Sarah O’Halloran and Sabhdh O’Dwyer at the annual Teddy Bear Hospital at the University of Limerick

Children got to see the less scary side of medicine at the Teddy Bear Hospital in the University of Limerick yesterday.

Over 400 pupils from six different schools and their teddy bears took part in the event being hosted by UL's Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS).

Organised by six students with a particular interest in childhood medicine, the Teddy Bear Hospital is designed to help alleviate childhood anxiety about the medical environment.

Over 130, first- and second-year medical students took part in the event which saw 10 medical stations focusing on activities including: triage; stethoscopes; vital signs and vaccine safety; X-rays; exercise; surgery/gowning; asthma; first aid, ear, nose and throat; and healthy eating.

The topics covered included the importance of regular exercise and thorough hand-washing techniques and a healthy diet.

It is also hoped that this initiative will strengthen the relationship of UL GEMS and its students and the surrounding community.

Professor Don Barry said: "Bearing in mind the fact that the Graduate Entry Medical School was only recently established and that its students are undertaking what is a highly intensive medical education programme it is remarkable that this type of initiative has actually developed so early in the history of the school."

Irish Independent