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what we do

The idea behind MediCinema is extremely simple – install, manage and build state-of-the-art cinemas in hospitals and health facilities for the sole purpose and enjoyment of the patients and users.

MediCinema is a charity dedicated to bringing the power of cinema and film to patients across the UK.

Founded in 1999 at St Thomas’s Hospital by Christine Hill MBE, we build, install and manage state-of-the-art cinemas, screening the latest releases the film industry has to offer in hospitals and health facilities. We do this so that patients can enjoy the escapism, magic and excitement that a trip to the cinema brings to each and every one of us.

Our purpose built cinema screens show up to date film releases, donated by the film industry for free, and are fully digitalised with REALD 3D and Dolby Surround Sound. Our cinemas are specifically designed to comfortably accommodate patients in wheelchairs, beds, on drips or monitors so everyone can enjoy the joy and escapism of cinema. We also provide separate nursing care for each screening to ensure patients, whatever their condition, have the best and safest experience while in the cinema.

How we help

We truly believe you can ‘feel better with film’ and our charity is dedicated to providing this to everyone that uses our cinemas.

The therapeutic benefits of our MediCinemas help improve the difficult reality for patients and their families, by bringing them a genuine and immersive cinema experience in a safe, stimulating, relaxing and sociable environment. We do this so that MediCinema goers can escape the isolation of their wards and illness, and we encourage family members or carers to come along to share the experience together and enjoy a few hours of normality.

Admission is free of charge for all inpatients and outpatients on a regular programme of treatment, including family members and hospital staff.

Although we work closely with the National Health Service, MediCinema is independently funded, receiving no NHS or government funding and relying solely on the support and generosity of the Film Industry and the general public.

To measure the impact, an evaluation into the MediCinema experience was conducted. If you are interested in finding out more please download a summary of Cinematherapy: An Evaluation here, or contact us at info@medicinema.org.uk to access the full report.

In 2016-17 we are undertaking a follow up study across a number of our sites, led by the Paediatric Psychology Department at the Evelina Children’s Hospital, and look forward to sharing our findings.

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our cinemas

Our seven MediCinemas are located in health facilities around the UK and provided vital support for over 17,000 patients and families in 2015 .

In 2016 and into 2017 we will continue to grow our service to patients and their families across the UK, both in developing our existing cinema sites and adding new services.


We currently have 7 active MediCinemas at the following locations:

  • MediCinema at St. Thomas' Hospital, London
  • MediCinema at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle
  • The Yorkhill MediCinema at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow (opened summer 2015, formerly in the Children’s Hospital)
  • MediCinema at the Serennu Children's Centre, Newport
  • The Royal British Legion MediCinema at DMRC Headley Court, Epsom
  • The ICAP MediCinema at Guy's Hospital, London
  • The CW+MediCinema at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London (opened Summer 2015)

MEDICINEMA AT ST. THOMAS' HOSPITAL - LONDON

St Thomas' Hospital has a reputation for clinical, teaching and research excellence.

It is part of one of the largest hospital trusts in the country with over 1 million patient contacts every year. St Thomas' is also home to the Evelina Children's hospital, which treats over 100,000 seriously ill children every year.
Seats : 100
Beds : 6
Wheelchairs : 6


'MediCinema at St.Thomas' Hospital, London, is a real gem of a charity that screens a wide range of films (for free!!) for patients, their families and carers. It allows them to switch off from the reality of their hospital stay and treatment. As a nurse and volunteer for the charity, I have seen the joy it brings over and over. MediCinema deserves to be far more widely known and celebrated for the wonderful service it provides." Johanna Honey, nurse and volunteer.

For news on upcoming events or films showing, please contact Nicks.

Contact: Cinema Manager and Assistant Manager
Nicola Hill and Glenn Lawrence
T: 020 7188 36 96 (St. Thomas')
T: 020 7188 36 97 - request extension 55211 (Guy's)
E: gsttmedicinema@medicinema.org.uk

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MEDICINEMA AT THE ROYAL VICTORIA INFIRMARY - NEWCASTLE

The Newcastle RVI has been providing healthcare to the communities of Newcastle and the North East for over 250 years. As part of the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the healthcare services they provide range from emergency medicine to a pioneering burns unit and an innovative dermatology unit.

Several departments at the RVI are officially designated regional centres of expertise. Some enjoy international reputations, like the Neurosciences Centre, which treats people with illnesses affecting the nervous system, including the brain and the spinal cord and The Great North Children's Hospital (GNCH) which is one of only 14 major children’s medical centres in the UK.
Seats : 54
Beds : 2
Wheelchairs : 2


For news on upcoming events or films showing, please contact Joss Spires.

Contact: RVI MediCinema Manager
Joss Spires
T: 0191 2823760
E: Joss.Spires@nuth.nhs.uk

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YORKHILL MEDICINEMA AT SOUTHERN GENERAL HOSPITAL - GLASGOW

Our MediCinema at Southern General opened in July 2015, after moving from its original place within Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, and is one of the latest additions to the MediCinema Family.

Our original MediCinema operated within Yorkhill Children’s Hospital for 8 years, until June 2015 when we closed the doors for the final time and moved our MediCinema to the new campus where we will screen for both adults and children.

The new campus replaces the Royal Hospital for Sick Kids at Yorkhill, the Southern General Hospital, the Western and Victoria infirmaries and the Mansionhouse Unit. Operated by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, it incorporates two accident and emergency departments, one for adults and one for children, a maternity hospital, and state-of-the-art laboratory services.

Seats : 47
Beds : 5
Wheelchairs : 6


Contact: Yorkhill MediCinema Manager
Sheila Hay Pacifico
T: 0141 452 4303 Ext 84303
E: sheila.pacifico@medicinema.org.uk

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MEDICINEMA AT THE SERENNU CHILDREN'S CENTRE - NEWPORT

The Serennu Children's Centre is an integrated, holistic children’s centre which provides services to children and young people with a disability or developmental difficulty between the ages of 0 and 18. The centre is purpose-built to allow children with complex disabilities to receive treatment, care, information and consultation all under one roof, eliminating the need to travel to numerous care facilities.

The centre also acts as a support network for the whole family unit, enabling them to socialise together through a range of leisure facilities, which include a wheelchair sports area and swimming pool as well as the MediCinema.

Seats : 51
Wheelchairs : 8


We celebrated the opening of this long-anticipated MediCinema with families and supporters from the Serennu Centre.

Contact for families and film club: Sparkle Family Liaison Officer
Jayne Jones
T: 01633 748128
E: MediCinema.ABB@wales.nhs.uk

Contact for general information:
Paul Giggal
T: 020 7188 3697
E: paul.giggal@medicinema.org.uk

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THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION MEDICINEMA AT DMRC HEADLEY COURT - EPSOM

The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court in Epsom, Surrey, is a specialist, multi-purpose facility providing rehabilitation and care for severely injured servicemen and women, including poly-trauma amputees and those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

With the generous support of The Royal British Legion, the UK's leading Armed Forces charity, MediCinema installed a state-of-the-art cinema and entertainment centre at Headley Court in 2012. The MediCinema was officially opened by MediCinema patrons Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, who have been long-standing champions of the project.

The fully digital, 3D cinema is wheelchair accessible, with some seats accessible by steps to aid individuals developing their mobility.

Seats : 45
Wheelchairs : 6


Run in partnership with Headley Court and staff volunteers, the MediCinema is making a significant contribution to the recuperation of service personnel undergoing treatment at the centre, providing much-needed entertainment during their rehabilitation and the chance to relax with friends, family and fellow patients.

‘The MediCinema at Headley Court is a fantastic facility which is enjoyed by all patients undergoing rehabilitation, some of whom have suffered severe life changing injuries. The MediCinema provides patients with the opportunity to forget their surroundings, their injuries and their concerns for a short time whilst they relax and immerse in the latest blockbuster in a safe and secure environment. I can not emphasise enough how valuable the facility is in providing an escape for patients whilst they undergo their intensive rehabilitation programme which undoubtedly contributes to the patients’ recovery.’

Surgeon Captain P A Hughes FRCGP RN, Commanding Officer, DMRC Headley Court

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THE ICAP MEDICINEMA AT GUY'S HOSPITAL - LONDON

Guy’s Hospital, part of the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, is one of London’s best-known teaching hospitals.

Counted among the UK's busiest and most successful foundation trusts, it has a long history of clinical excellence and high quality care. Together with St. Thomas’ Hospital, Guy’s Hospital provides a full range of hospital services to local communities in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, with specialist services for patients from further afield, including home to an advanced centre for cancer diagnosis and treatment which will create a hub for cancer services in South East London.

Seats : 37
Wheelchairs : 7


The MediCinema was generously funded through ICAP’s famous Charity Day, which sees 100% of revenues and commissions generated on just one day of trading donated to charities each year, and by Guy's and St. Thomas' Charity.

For news on upcoming events or films showing, please contact Nicks.

Contact :Cinema Manager and Assistant Manager
Nicola Hill and Glenn Lawrence
T: 020 7188 36 96 (St. Thomas')
T: 0020 7188 7188 - request extension 55211 (Guy's)
E: gsttmedicinema@medicinema.org.uk

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CW + MEDICINEMA, CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL - LONDON

Chelsea and Westminster is one of the leading hospitals in the UK and treats more than 360,000 patients a year.

MediCinema has partnered with CW+, the hospital’s philanthropic arm, to bring a MediCinema to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

The MediCinema can accommodate:
Seats : 41
Beds : 4
Wheelchairs : 4


Together our aim is to delight thousands of patients of all ages through the magic of film and bring families separated by illness together through an enjoyable shared experience. Our CW+MediCinema will also act as a centre for Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity’s music, dance and theatre projects, along with providing a centre for training the next generation of doctors in life-saving surgery and care.

For news on upcoming events or films showing, please contact our CW+MediCinema Manager Paul Giggal.

Contact : CW+MediCinema Manager
Paul Giggal
T: 020 7188 3697
E: paul.giggal@medicinema.org.uk

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our team

MediCinema is managed by a small staff team, supported by a large pool of wonderful volunteers, hospital staff and the film industry.

Trustees

Sir Ian Cheshire (Founder Chairman) - Chairman of Debenhams, Government Lead Non-Executive and is also a non-executive member of the Cabinet Office Board; former Group CEO Kingfisher Plc

Paul Massara (Chairman of trustees) - CEO of Northstar Solar, member of the Committee on Fuel Poverty and former CEO of RWE npower

Dame Christine Beasley - Department of Health Director. Former Chief Nursing Officer for England.

Judith Chan - Director Media Banking, Coutts & Co

Robert Markwick - Advisory Director to Goldman Sachs' Principal Strategic Investments business among other non-exec roles and investments

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis - Public health expert, immediate-past President of the UK Faculty of Public Health and inaugural Chair of the Royal Society for Public Health

Stephen Moore - Director Blueprint Media, former MediCinema CEO and veteran film executive

Andrew Patrick - Regional business advisor to the creative industries, and a former CEO of the British Film Commission

Christine Hill MBE (Founder) - Founder and Honorary President

Regional MediCinemas

Nicola Hill and Glenn Lawrence - Cinema Manager and Assistant Manager, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, London

T: 020 7188 36 96 (St. Thomas')
T: 020 7188 36 97 - request extension 55211 (Guy's)
E: gsttmedicinema@medicinema.org.uk

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watch our commercial

Thanks to the generous support of Pearl & Dean and DCM, MediCinema launched a brand new commercial in July 2013 which is screening in Cinemas across the country.

The commercial is the first in a series looking at what MediCinema means to our patients and features Cpl. Matt Webb, who was able to enjoy the latest releases and take a break from his demanding rehabilitation programme at our RBL MediCinema at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), Headley Court.

Matt has kindly allowed us to tell his story to help raise awareness for the work we do. As Matt says, “It would be great if MediCinema was further afield than in just a few hospitals around the UK.”

Read more of Matt's story here.

MediCinema would also like to thank the team at MJS Films for their invaluable support with this project.