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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:

  1. 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!).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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/