Teddies for Rotorua Hospital ED
24/11/2017 8:45:17 a.m.

November 2017

Teddies for Rotorua Hospital ED

Christmas came early to the ED at Rotorua Hospital, with the delivery this month of a truckload of special little teddy bears.

The teddies are part of a corporate sponsorship deal organised by the Freemasons in the UK, with the idea that the teddies can be given out free to those children in the ED who are distressed and need comfort while receiving treatment. The children get to take the bear with them after they leave ED, either to be admitted to hospital or discharged home.

Rotorua Hospital is the first ED in the country to roll out the programme. There was a small launch with the ED team mid-month, with an official launch the following weekend attended by sponsors, followed by a black tie dinner.

The TLC programme was established in England 10 years ago in Essex and has now spread across England and Wales, across Ireland and into Scotland. The programme provides the staff of emergency departments with teddy bears which the staff can then give away, as appropriate, to young children in the ED as a way of relieving some of the stress and anxiety those children experience. Since the programme started more than two million teddy bears have been given away.

Click here to see more information about the programme at the parent website.

Photo shows Tony Mansfield, Chairman of the Teddies for Loving Care Appeal New Zealand, otherwise known as the TLC Appeal with ED staff and managers.