Child ambassador’s visit Teddy Bear Hospital
Caudwell Children has teamed up with practitioners at The Royal Hospital for Children, in Glasgow, to raise awareness of an initiative to ease children’s fears over hospital visits.
The charity took seven of its Child Ambassador Network to the hospital on Saturday 29th April, 2017, to experience its Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH).
The TBH initiative is a fun project for young children which uses play to make them more familiar with healthcare, and the hospital environment. This reduces the anxieties that children may have ahead of hospital visits.
As Victoria Bruce, Senior Regional Family Support Services Coordinator for Caudwell Children, explained: “Many children can become scared when they visit a hospital. By allowing them to bring in their favourite teddy bear the children share the same experience with their soft toys in a fun way.
”During our visit the teddy bears took turns lying in stretchers and beds, they wore oxygen masks and they were involved in role play with a health play specialist.
“This developed trust and confidence with the medical staff and engendered a real sense of fun to the day.”
Victoria said that the visit also helped to raise awareness of the TBH facility amongst the participating families, whilst giving children the confidence to attend hospital appointments in the future.
Thanks to the support of The Big Lottery Scotland, Caudwell Children’s services have continued to develop throughout Glasgow, and the surrounding area. Victoria says that she will signpost the growing numbers of children that the charity supports to the hospital initiative.
“The TBH will be utilised by the charity in the future,” said Victoria. “It’s such a great way to create a positive experience and teaches children that visiting hospital doesn’t have to be frightening.
“It also builds support networks by bringing parents, carers and peers together in a fun and informative environment. The more parents know about the TBH the better.”
Teddy Bear Hospital is continued to be supported by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
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