Third-year medical students from the University of Newcastle Medical Society will fine-tune their 'Teddiology' skills when they host the second annual Teddy Bear Hospital at Civic Park in Newcastle tomorrow.
Between 10am and 3pm, children are encouraged to visit the fully functional tent hospital where their favourite soft toy will be given a thorough check-up by the 'Teddy Doctors'.
The teddies will receive any necessary medical treatment, including tickles, cuddles, bandages and stiches and each toy will receive its own medial record.
Event coordinator Lulu Ma, a third-year medical student, said the event aimed to reduce some of the fear that many children experienced when visiting the doctor or going to hospital.
"Through our clinical attachments, we have become increasingly aware of the negative associations many children have with going to the doctor. It's the place their parents take them when they're sick and where they go for vaccinations.
"This community-oriented initiative focuses on improving the relationship between children and health-care professionals and aims to take the fear factor out of visiting the doctor. And we promise to offer tear-free care for their teddy."
The University of Newcastle's Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Health, Professor Nick Talley, said the Teddy Bear Hospital was a positive way for medical students to gain hands-on experience in communicating with and caring for young children.
"This event presents the opportunity for our medical students to connect with the local community while honing their skills in paediatric care," he said.
When: Saturday 14 August
Time: 10am - 3pm
Where: Civic Park Newcastle