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Nurses give out ‘bravery bears’ to young patients


Nursing staff at Scunthorpe hospital’s children’s ward now have special treats up their sleeves for young patients having to undergo a blood test, an operation, tests or dressing changes.

The teddy bears have been supplied to Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust through a donation from local Freemasons. So far 500 bears have been given to the trust’s Disney ward.

The bears are part of the Teddies for Loving Care Appeal, which was launched in 2001 by the wife of a freemason from Essex who wanted to give something in thanks for the care she received at her local hospital.

Ward manager Sharon Vickers said: “When a child attends the hospital it can be stressful and traumatic for them as they can be facing the prospect of painful procedures.

“Being able to give them a teddy to take home as a reward for their bravery is really valuable,” she added.


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Readers' comments (5)

  • FFS...we will doubtless give these even to the children who fight like tigers and spit in our faces too.
    Just because you have a venepuncture you do not automatically become brave!

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  • tinkerbell

    Wonderful idea.

    Anonymous | 9-Jan-2014 12:56 pm

    Mean spirited response.

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  • My daughter got one of these when having her tooth removed in Addenbrookes. She loves it still to this day 4 yrs on, they work for some!

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  • Great idea, tho stickers are infallibly a success in my practice. I've never known a child to reject the offer of a sticker!

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  • PS: the paramedics usually want one too!

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