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Ambulance Service Recruits Paramedic Teddy Bears

28 May 2009

Getting into an ambulance can be a frightening experience for youngsters who are ill or injured. That’s why Keighley Lions have donated one hundred Para-Teds to their local ambulance station.

The cuddly toys, who wear paramedic uniforms, will accompany ambulance crews on emergencies to help reassure young patients while they are being treated.

The distinctive teddies are made by a Nottingham paramedic and are used by ambulance crews around the country.

Members of the Keighley Lions present the new recruits
Members of the Keighley Lions present the new recruits to YAS Clinical Team Leader Richard Waterman and Emergency Medical Technician Sally Tinkler

Richard Waterman, Yorkshire Ambulance Service Clinical Team Leader, was delighted with the kind donation from the Lions. He said: “Children are often understandably a bit wary about getting into an ambulance and the Para-Teds help crews to assess children’s injuries or ailments. He said: “We can use a stethoscope or dressings on the teddies first to show children what we’re going to do. The children get to keep the bears so they accompany them into hospital.”

Avril Emerson, from Keighley Lions, said the group had initially bought 100 teddies at a cost of £500. She said: “The bears are used as a distraction for children while they or their parents are being treated. We’ve said that when stocks dwindle we would be delighted to provide more.”

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