Teddy Bear Hospital

The Teddy Bear Hospital is a student-led initiative that has been running for 16 years.

The next Teddy Bear Hospital will run on Saturday, 17 April between 12-3pm- applications are now open

Over the years, children have attended the hospital with teddy bears suffering from an imaginative range of sore ears, sick tummies and all kinds of other weird and wonderful ailments. This year, children all appointments will be done virtually, and will empower the children with the knowledge to treat teddy at home.

The event is organised by the Sláinte Society, NUI Galway’s health promotion society that focuses on promoting all aspects of physical and mental health. Up to 50 medical, healthcare and science students will virtually diagnose and treat the teddy bears. In the process, they hope to help children, ranging in age from 4-8 years, feel more comfortable around doctors and hospitals.

On the virtual call with the Teddy Bear Hospital team, participants and patients will be greeted by two teddy doctor specialists. The children and their ‘patients’ will learn how to take care of their teddy’s health through three main themes: general health, lifestyle, and emotional wellbeing.

Sláinte Society are also holding a drawing contest. Children are encouraged to submit a drawing of themselves and their teddies to be in with a chance of winning one of two €50 vouchers for Smyths Toy Store. To enter the drawing contest, please email submissions to tbh.drawing.contest@gmail.com and include, name, age, and hometown. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 14 April, and the two winners will be announced on Saturday, 17 April.

Places for the virtual Teddy Bear Hospital are limited. To apply to attend the hospital please complete the application form by 5pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Those selected to attend will be contacted by Thursday, 15 April.