Family Matters: Interactive GP session is right medicine for reducing anxiety

Sheffield University students held a teddy bear's hospital at Weston Park Museum. Our picture shows students Victoria Franklin (left) and Helen Scarfe, with Grace and Joe Fairfax, aged eight, and five, of Worrall.
Sheffield University students held a teddy bear's hospital at Weston Park Museum. Our picture shows students Victoria Franklin (left) and Helen Scarfe, with Grace and Joe Fairfax, aged eight, and five, of Worrall.
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Student doctors from the University of Sheffield will be holding a drop-in session for children and their families at Weston Park Museum.

The event will be an interactive fun-filled session to reduce childhood anxiety about hospitals and doctors, and to promote child health as well as giving student doctors valuable experience with children.

The free session will take place on Saturday, March 1, when the ‘hospital’ will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm as a drop-in session. It is aimed at children aged four to 11 but everyone is welcome – don’t forget to take your favourite bear!

Children and their bears will have the opportunity to have a one-to-one consultation with a teddy bear doctor, followed by many interactive sessions where children will be able to look at x- rays, a Teddy MRI, use stethoscopes to listen to their hearts, get teddy bandaged and talk about any fears or concerns they may have.

Also, several exciting activities will be run by the University of Sheffield orthoptics and dental students.

Children will have the opportunity to learn about healthy eating, hygiene and exercise through fun interactive workshops led by the student doctors.

One of the Teddy Doctors, Robbie, known as Dr Seuss, said:“Last year Teddy Bear Hospital had an amazing turn-out with almost 1,000 people in attendance, thus making the day event the largest Weston Park has ever had.

“It was so nice to see so many smiles on everyone’s face. The children and Teddy Doctors were really enjoying it and everyone had a great day.

“We hope this year’s event is going to be bigger and better than last year, with more children and their teddies enjoying the experience.”

Over at Meadowhall, children can transform into fantasy characters this half term as Meadowhall shopping centre gets set to hold its first Tinker Bell and Pirate Fairy Tea Party.

To mark the launch of Disney’s new animated adventure Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy, the centre will be hosting a children’s three-day event taking place next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Activities at the party taking place in the Oasis from 10am to 4pm each day include fairy wing and pirate hat making and cupcake decorating.

‘Learn to Draw Tinker Bell’ classes will take place in the Disney store every weekday during half term at 1pm and 3pm. There’s a special showing of the film at the VUE cinema in the complex on Thursday morning.