Dresden - For the eleventh time, the so-called teddy hospital in Dresden opened its doors in April. The rush of the past few years has not decreased. The opposite is the case, said Martin Scharffenberg from the organization team: "In the last two days we have admitted almost 700 small patients and discharged them again in good health, by noon in the morning there will be over 1,000," he reports.
Meanwhile it is common for many kindergarten groups to come to House 21 of the Dresden University Clinic once year. Students at the Carl Gustav Carus Medical Faculty look after the sick stuffed animals and - quite incidentally - take away the fear of doctors and hospitals from children. The medical students also explain illnesses and treatments to the children.
An example: Annabelle doll has high fever. She has hardly eaten for two days. The doll mom is very worried, good night's sleep is hard to think of. Who knows what she's actually missing. Has she perhaps eaten something that she cannot stand or is it even more serious? Here at the Dresden University Hospital, all doll parents can be sure that they are receiving the right therapy. An entire operating theater is available in an emergency. Smaller complaints can be clarified quickly, along with x-ray findings and visit to the pharmacy.
The idea of the teddy hospitals originated in Scandinavia in the 1990s. The first German event took place in Heidelberg in 1999.