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The idea behind MediCinema is extremely simple - install state-of-the-art cinemas in hospitals and places of care for the sole purpose and enjoyment of the patients and users.

Our MediCinemas offer everyone from children undergoing complex medical treatment to recovering service personnel the opportunity to take a trip to the movies.

We do this, as for many patients staying in hospital or visiting treatment centres can be a traumatic experience but we try to make people feel better by showing them a wide variety of the latest releases.

The therapeutic benefits of our cinemas improve the difficult reality for patients and their families, by bringing them a genuine and immersive cinema experience that provides relief from the wards, and some precious escape and normality.

Admission is free of charge for all inpatients and outpatients receiving treatment within the centre of care, and we encourage friends and families to come and enjoy the experience alongside their loved one. Our MediCinemas are also able to comfortably accommodate hospital beds and wheelchairs, and each MediCinema shows a wide variety of film genres from big action flicks to comedy!

Mr Levy's Story

68-year-old Mr. Levy, a Parkinson's sufferer, spent considerable periods of time at St. Thomas' Hospital in London, where he was treated for his condition and the injuries he sustained after a fall in his home.

Mr. Levy has no family - his partner died several years ago - and, although he values the care he received at St. Thomas', as he says, "No one likes being in hospital." He found the months on the ward difficult and lonely. "There's not a lot to do really: watch television; go to your room and read a book; sleep."

Mr. Levy first heard about MediCinema when the Cinema Manager at St. Thomas' was on her ward round telling his neighbours about the film on show that evening. "And she said, 'Would you like to come along?' And I said, 'Yes, I'd like to get away from the hospital environment - just for an hour.' It relaxes the mind. You seem to forget you're in hospital; you're concentrating on the film."

It turned out that Mr. Levy was a film enthusiast and a big fan of musicals (his favourite film isThe King and I). Over the following months and up until his discharge from the hospital Mr. Levy attended every single screening, soon becoming a favourite with the MediCinema nurses and volunteers - especially with the ladies! Whatever the film, Mr. Levy was one of the first patients down. "I'd think, 'It's a film. I'm not on the ward. I'm here with other people. Thank God.'"

Mr. Levy says what he values most about MediCinema is the "friendly surroundings". "MediCinema does a lot. Going into hospitals you brighten people's life up...sometimes it's [patients'] only means of getting to the outside world... In my case it was about finding people who care."

Mr. Levy now lives in a residential home where he receives the round-the-clock care and support he needs. But he would love to visit a MediCinema again and would like to see MediCinemas in care homes as well as in hospitals. "I know when I went to the cinema I'd come back and I was so happy. I used to sleep like a log. I was content I had been in a cinema...where I was known [to be] ill.

"[The other patients] enjoyed going to the cinema. It got them away from the ward. It got them away from the clatter of noise on the ward; the screams sometimes of patients in the dark. [MediCinema] must be a comfort to lots of people, especially the lonely."

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Matt's Story

In July 2011 Corporal Matt Webb was on patrol in Helmand Province in Afghanistan when he stepped on an IED. He lost both legs and his left arm.

Following his injuries Matt was treated at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) at Headley Court in Epsom. Over the past two years he has learnt to walk again and regain the use of an arm through prosthetics.

When he heard about the plans to open a MediCinema at Headley Court, Matt thought – like so many of the patients there – that it would just be a “room with a TV…and I was amazed that it was a proper, miniature cinema.”

Matt is a big fan of the cinema – especially of the comedy nights and sing-along screenings we hold at Headley Court as they are “a great way to chill out with the guys”. For many of the service personnel who undergo the demanding rehabilitation programme at the centre the evenings can be a lonely and difficult time. “Film just makes you feel better and makes you forget what you’ve been doing for that day.”

Matt has kindly allowed us to tell his story as part of our new series of cinema commercials which look at how MediCinema is benefiting patients all over the country. As Matt says, “It would be great if MediCinema was further afield than in just a few hospitals around the UK.”

Please help us continue to support people like Matt, people who aren’t able to visit their local cinema, by donating £3 towards a MediCinema ticket. Text MEDI03 £3 to 70070.

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Uzayr's Story

Uzayr was born with a complicated renal condition; his kidneys just didn't work. When he was three, they began to fail and he travelled to the Evelina Children's Hospital in London three days a week for life saving dialysis.  

Uzayr recently had a kidney transplant and due to the serious nature of his condition needed expert medical care, visiting the hospital every day for treatment.

He's never been on holiday and rarely gets to enjoy social experiences with his friends so a visit to MediCinema was a chance for Uzayr forget about his treatment but a time to socialise with his family and friends.

Shafina, Uzayr's Mum said "Like many families, we could not travel the long distance from home to the hospital on such a regular basis so we needed to relocate to London for treatment, moving away from family, friends and school for long periods of time .

MediCinema has given us the precious opportunity to enjoy regular family outings that bring us laughter and fun at very difficult times".

Uzayr added, "MediCinema is a fantastic way for children like myself to forget about our worries and pains. As the other children there have different health issues, if somebody cries or coughs no one minds because we all understand. For me, as soon as that door closes I am in a different world. I forget all about my pain."

Uzayr is still undergoing treatment and visits the MediCinema often. 

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Aneurin's Story

"Hi, my name is Aneurin Davies. I am 15 years old and a pupil at Caerleon Comprehensive School. I love my school because I have lots of good friends there and the teachers and supports are really terrific. They make my school-life so cool and what's great is - we even have a lunch-time film club once a week.

I have dyspraxia and A.S. which basically means I like order and routine, I'm not a big fan of change and interaction can sometimes be a bit of a challenge for me: with the help and support I get at school and the fantastic new Serennu Children's Centre, life is good!

My great interest is film, media and going to the cinema to catch up on all the latest releases - I really enjoy researching movies and writing reviews of the films I watch. I seem to be able to remember massive amounts of 'film facts'. I also write a regular 'film file' for Newport'sWicked News publication, in which I preview all forthcoming releases, and I am one of the members of the editorial team (thanks for the break)…

The Serennu Children's Centre is a fantastic facility, it's a bit of a 'one-stop-shop' where you can access everything you need under one roof: all the  treatment you require as well as having lots of great leisure activities such as football, self-defence, a youth club and, for me, the icing on the cake has to be the newly opened MediCinema. It was like all my Christmases had come at once - being asked to the MediCinema's first film screening and getting the opportunity to watch the new Ice Age 4: Continental Drift film in 3D.

My biggest honour was being asked to cut the ribbon for the opening screening; a day to remember.

The cinema is awesome. Every time I've visited the Serennu the cinema has been "work-in-progress". Well, I can honestly say this was definitely something worth waiting for. A truly amazing facility, a unique experience and one I intend to repeat many times.  Not only a fabulous feast for the eyes but a truly immersive experience - a place you can come to, forget your troubles and lose yourself in a world of fun and fantasy.

I am so proud to be associated with the MediCinema charity and the wonderful pleasure and joy it will bring to so many families who use the Serennu Children's Centre."  Aneurin Davies

Click here to read the very special poem Aneurin has composed about our MediCinema at the Serennu Children's Centre. And if you enjoy that then why don't you take a look at his film reviews on World Press.    

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I am back in again, this is the 17th time this year. At least I have MediCinema to look forward to.



- Callum, Glasgow

MediCinema lets us simply sit and be together, hold hands and enjoy each others company. When my husband visits me on the ward he’s awkward and doesn’t know whether he should hug me or what to say. MediCinema lets us simply sit and be together, hold hands and enjoy each others company without the anxiety of him not knowing how to behave.



- Anna, Newcastle

Going to the cinema in my bed now seems to be the most normal thing in the world. I’ve been in this bed for so long that going to the cinema in it now seems to be the most normal thing in the world, and when I get out of hospital, walking into my local cinema, not being in my bed, with no drips or monitors will be a bit strange



- Angela, London

It was extremely touching to see the positive impact it had on the patients. Our four month old son has had two heart operations at St Thomas’s and the MediCinema provided us all with a welcome break from the stress. It was extremely touching to see the positive impact it had on the other patients too, particularly the children. Long days were broken up for us by MediCinema and it was quite a lump in the throat moment seeing wheelchair and even bed bound kids excitedly arriving to see the latest movie.



- Lee, London