TEDDY bears will help children visiting the doctor in Ludlow thanks to a new scheme.

Ludlow’s Portcullis Surgery has joined forces with Teddies for Loving Care in Shropshire to run a pilot GP scheme in which teddy bears are used at the practice to help calm distressed children when visiting their GP.

Initially launched in accident and emergency departments, this national scheme is designed to help calm a child in what can be a frightening experience, especially in an emergency situation, helping to reduce the shock and distress of their experience.

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Every child that receives a teddy bear gets to take it home. TLC is locally managed by Shropshire Freemasons who also volunteer their time to run the scheme.

Since its inception in 2001, 3.5 million teddies have been distributed to hospitals throughout England and Wales, with over 30,000 in Shropshire alone.

“We are delighted to pilot this scheme in our GP surgery and feel this will be especially useful when children come to the surgery in pain or for blood tests or any other procedures”, said advanced nurse practitioner Joy Godding.