Teddy bears and other toys got check-ups last week – as part of the eighth annual Teddy Bear Hospital.

The initiative involved University of Otago medical and dental students performing “check-ups” on children’s teddy bears as a way to get the young children comfortable with being in a medical environment.

Event co-ordinator Emilie Butterfield said the week-long initiative had hundreds of toddlers and preschool pupils coming through the Fraser Building doors to get dental or hospital check-ups on their furry friends.

She said many of the university students really enjoyed working with the youngsters and the children seemed to like visiting.

It was also a good chance for the students to work with children, Miss Butterfield said.

The students also hosted a public fun day on Saturday.