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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 brings the real benefits of cinematherapy to patients and their families throughout the UK.

We do this by building, installing and running state-of-the-art cinemas in hospitals and other places of care. Our MediCinemas are fully equipped with the latest technology, including Dolby surround sound, RealD 3D technology and large silver screens, and we use the same architects and suppliers as those used by mainstream cinemas so they look and feel like any other cinema. Thanks to the support of the film industry, we show current releases so patients don’t have to miss out on seeing the latest blockbusters just because they are in hospital. Many patients comment that this helps break the ice with friends when they visit, as it gives them something other than their condition to talk about.

Our cinemas are as much built for a healthcare setting as they are to give a fully immersive cinema experience. No-matter if a patient is in a wheelchair, attached to a drip or even unable to leave their bed, we are able to welcome them, and to ensure their safety throughout the film, we hire two NHS nurses for every screening. Thanks to the support of our donors, our screenings are completely free for all patients and their families.

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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Where we work

We have six MediCinemas which are located in health facilities throughout the UK. Through these we run 21 screenings a week, and in 2017 we delivered 23,700 cinema experiences to patients and their families.

By 2025 we plan to double the number of MediCinema sites and triple the annual number of people we reach.


Our current six MediCinema sites are as follows:

  • MediCinema in St. Thomas' Hospital, London
  • MediCinema in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle
  • Yorkhill MediCinema in Southern General Hospital, Glasgow
  • MediCinema at the Serennu Children's Centre, Newport
  • ICAP MediCinema in Guy's Hospital, London
  • CW+ MediCinema in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London

*The Ministry of Defence has recently moved the Defence Military Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court (the site of the Royal British Legion MediCinema) to a new site at Stanford Hall, Loughborough. We hope to open a MediCinema in the new DMRC once the clinical facility is fully settled and an appropriate site for the MediCinema has been agreed.

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


*Our MediCinema in St Thomas’ Hospital is currently being refurbished. Once this work is completed it will have 160 seats.

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


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


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 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.

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 charity, to bring the CW+ MediCinema to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. 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 also acts as a centre for CW+'s music, dance and theatre projects, along with providing a centre for training the next generation of doctors in life-saving surgery and care.

Seats : 40
Beds : 4
Wheelchairs : 4


Contact : CW+MediCinema Manager
Simon Hickson
T: 020 3315 3826 (ex. 53826)
E: simon.hickson@medicinema.org.uk

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our team

MediCinema is managed by a small staff team of four head office employees and six regional staff members, supported by around 135 volunteers and our healthcare and film industry partners.

Trustees

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

Judith Chan - Director of Media Banking at Coutts & Co

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

Lawrence Atkinson - CEO of The DDA Group

Kevin Styles - Managing Director UK & Ireland at Vue Entertainment

Crispin Lilly - CEO of Everyman Media Group

Kezia Williams - Head of ‎Theatrical Distribution at Entertainment One<

Stephen Bristow - Partner in the Film & Television Unit at media accountants Saffery Champness

Honorary Board Members

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

Christine Hill MBE (Founder) - Founder and Honorary President

Head Office Staff

Kat Mason - Chief Executive

Paul Giggal - National Operations Manager

Sylvia Hallahan – Senior Fundraising Officer – Corporate & Major Donor

Louise Broadbent - Senior Fundraising Officer – Trust & Foundations

Katherine Horgan - Executive Assistant

Regional Staff

Nicola Hill – Cinema Manager, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London

Glenn Lawrence – Assistant Cinema Manager, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London

Anthony Charles – Cinema Technical Co-Ordinator, Serennu Children’s Centre, Newport

Sheila Hay Pacifico – Cinema Manager, Southern General Hospitals, Glasgow

Joss Spires - Cinema Manager, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle

Simon Hickson – Cinema Manager, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London