Azrieli Faculty's "Teddy Bear Hospital"

Israel's Teddy Bear Hospital aims to help children's medical anxieties

Safed's Azrieli Faculty of Medicine complex was transformed into a mock hospital staffed by medical and research students, where children can bring their furry companions and ask questions related to illness, injury and medical treatments

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Published: 05.03.22, 13:23
Roughly 500 children brought their teddy bears to Israel's Azrieli Faculty of Medicine on Monday as part of a program seeking to help alleviate medical anxiety in children.
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  • Bar Ilan University's Azrieli Faculty of Medicine complex, located in the northern city of Safed, was transformed into a mock hospital for children to bring their beloved companions, and includes facilities such as X-ray rooms, blood test facilities, a cardiac room and even an ambulance.
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    Azrieli Faculty of Medicine complex
    Azrieli Faculty of Medicine complex
    Azrieli Faculty's "Teddy Bear Hospital"
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    Medical and research students acted as attending doctors and, together with medical school faculty, they created various treatment stations, including a mock emergency room and surgical ward.
    "It's amazing here," said Einav Pony, whose eight-year-old daughter, Lidar, most enjoyed the makeshift pharmacy. "People come here every year, and each year, a new, creative and innovative touch is introduced," she added of the Teddy Bear Hospital, which has taken place annually over the last decade.
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    Azrieli Faculty of Medicine complex
    Azrieli Faculty of Medicine complex
    Azrieli Faculty's "Teddy Bear Hospital"
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    Children were able to ask questions related to illness, injury and medical treatments, with students and faculty addressing them and explaining various procedures. The children also took an active part in admission, examination and diagnosis, and referral.
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    Azrieli Faculty of Medicine complex
    Azrieli Faculty of Medicine complex
    Azrieli Faculty's "Teddy Bear Hospital"
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    Medical student Amit Gabay, the Teddy Bear Hospital director, said, “We were happy to see so many children passing through the various stations, asking questions and 'curing' their dolls and teddy bears. Most importantly, this event helps them cope with the fear of medical treatment.”
    Each child received a Teddy Bear Hospital graduation certificate at the end of the program.

    Republished with permission from i24NEWS
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