Teddies to help sick children

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Getting into an ambulance can be a frightening experience for youngsters who are ill or injured.

Now, children travelling in ambulances will be able to cuddle a soft teddy bear to help reassure them while they are being treated and help take their mind off the disturbing situation.

Bexhill Lions Club is providing 150 teddy bears to SECAMB, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. These will help children across the area feel more at ease when they have to go to hospital by ambulance.

The bears will be used to provide distraction and comfort for children in the unfamiliar surroundings.

Past President Brian Comber presented the toys to Tim Fellows the Clinical Operations Manager.

He said: “The bears are individually wrapped to meet infection control requirements and each young patient will keep their own teddy to take home. They can also be used as a diagnostic tool. If a child is reluctant to talk about their injuries or pain you can ask them to show you on teddy. We can also use a stethoscope or dressings on the teddies first to show children what we’re going to do. We are extremely grateful to Bexhill Lions Club for generously providing us with the teddy bears.”

Jim McGlynn, Chair of the Lions’ Community Committee said “ It is very upsetting for a young child and their family when the child is being taken to hospital by ambulance. Anything that can help distract the child from the distressing situation can only be a good thing and we hope these toys go some way to doing just that.”

For more information about Bexhill Lions Club visit www.bexhill-lions.org