CARING BUNCH: University Centre for Rural Health medical students, from front left, Farah Zainuddin, and Krista Appadoo, and from back left, Brayden March, Eshan Affan, Nikhil Kumar, and Iftah Amith, will hold a teddy bears’ hospital at Lismore Square on Sunday.
CARING BUNCH: University Centre for Rural Health medical students, from front left, Farah Zainuddin, and Krista Appadoo, and from back left, Brayden March, Eshan Affan, Nikhil Kumar, and Iftah Amith, will hold a teddy bears’ hospital at Lismore Square on Sunday. Cathy Adams

Lismore Base medical students show their cuddly side

THIS Sunday medical students currently working at Lismore Base Hospital will be taking on patients of a different kind: teddy bears.

The good doctors will be tending to local children's best friends at Lismore Square with the Teddy Bear Hospital, a fun event bringing the medical world closer to the community.

Children can bring in their bear and get any ailments seen to by the more-than-happy-to-help medical professionals, with gold coin donations going to the Our Kids Foundation.

Medical student Brayden March said he and fellow student Farah Zainuddin had been part of a similar day in Newcastle earlier in their studies, and so he'd taken the idea to Our Kids fundraising co-ordinator Rebekka Battista.

The idea of the teddy-fixing day, Mr March and Ms Battista explained, was to reduce the 'white coat' anxiety a lot of children experience, and make doctors not so scary.

Some children can be very intimidated by doctors, Mr March said, and so through the Teddy Bear Hospital event, these young doctors are trying to make any future medical experiences a child has just that bit better.

Ms Battista said she knew the fear all too well - she's seen children become terrified of any man wearing a tie or a coat.

"When kids do get up into the kids' ward it's a whole new experience," Ms Battista said, so anything they can do to make that child's hospital experience better they like to do.

Lismore Square marketing manager Mel Carrero said they were very pleased to be involved in the fun event and fundraising effort for Our Kids.

"When we heard about it we thought, 'that's great!'. It's really cute," she said.


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