The Teddy Bear Hospital is hosted by the HUG (Geneva’s University Hospital) and medical students. Children come with their their favorite stuffed animal or toy to be seen by a doctor or dentist. They are treated like little adults with important responsibilities regarding the health and well-being of their toy.
My daughter has volunteered several times. This is what you can expect:
- The doctor and child fill out a medical form of the patient: name, age, type (tiger vs. spider man) and medical condition (he fell out the window!).
- Along with the doctor, various tests with be run like checking the heart beat, temperature, taking an x-ray and sometimes there is a pretend MRI machine.
- Depending on what’s wrong, the doctor and child will put on a cast, wrap up wounds or go to “surgery” where the children dress up in scrubs and a hairnet.
- Lastly, the toy is placed in bed where he is hooked up to an IV or ECG to sleep for a while. In the meantime, the kids can go to the rehabilitation corner where they can play with equipment like crutches.
The dates of the Hopital des Nounours are
- Wednesday, May 9, 14:00-17:00
- Thursday, May 10, 9:00-17:00
- Saturday and Sunday, May 12 & 13, 9:00-17:00
at the Palladium, Rue de Stand 3BIS. Participation is free and no reservations are needed.
I would love to hear your experience if you go!
We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/