Cinema-based healthcare programmes inside hospitals
We are a unique charity operating at the heart of NHS hospitals. Our therapeutic cinema experiences improve the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of patients and their loved ones.
The MediCinema Experience
Being unwell and in hospital can be challenging, frightening and often isolating for people who are already feeling vulnerable. Leaving the wards to experience a film screening in one of our cinemas makes a positive and lasting impact, giving patients – and families - the strength to cope.
With room for their hospital beds, wheelchairs, and medical equipment, we provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for our patients.
Our services help to reduce pain, anxiety, stress, and feelings of isolation, to giving those in hospital a sense of normality and being connected to others.
Thanks to the support of major film studios and distributors we screen the latest releases for free, from blockbusters to smaller releases, comedy, action and romance.
Core Inpatient Screening Programme
A minimum of four screenings takes place at each MediCinema every week, with screenings for adults and paediatrics depending on the population of the hospital.
Our patient journey starts at the wards, moving through the hospital corridors in their beds or wheelchairs to enter our bright and welcoming cinema spaces, while chatting to and being looked after by the Cinema Manager, volunteers, and nurses. Being immersed in the power of a big-screen experience transports people away from their everyday reality. Our research shows that patients feel less anxious, less isolated – and less pain.
Tailored Screening Programme
Our Tailored Screenings are built for specific in and out-patient clinical groups. They provide a unique opportunity to bring people together, with the films chosen helping to open up conversations which may otherwise have been difficult to have. We organise screenings for support groups such as teens and young adults with cancer, young peoples’ mental health, and sickle cell amongst many others.
Peter is part of the Advanced Prostate Cancer Club at Guy’s Hospital.
“It is a great opportunity for us to talk, share our experiences and reassure each other. Some of the men in the group don’t have partners and I imagine they can be very lonely, so it can be a real solid support. We meet for the film and stay afterwards to talk, and it is such an uplifting experience. I can’t help but think about how valuable the concept is.”
Personal Screening Programme
We work closely with clinical teams to identify and arrange personal screenings for patients who are unable to attend our regular screenings. Whether they are immunocompromised, have specific or complex needs or as part of their palliative care journey, we can provide the opportunity for the patient and their family to spend precious time together and create invaluable positive memories with loved ones.
Moments that Matter with Disney
The power of storytelling and special shared moments can help build resilience for children who are having a tough time in hospital and who are also socially isolated. We are proud to have a long-term strategic partnership with Disney, where together we create ‘Moments that Matter’ for children at our sites. From film character visits, music and movement sessions and ‘fun in the foyer’ events in our cinemas with balloon and face painting artists, we also design and distribute film themed activity packs to hospitals around the country. These packs are specially created to increase the resilience and confidence of pediatric patients and are used in conjunction with the hospitals’ Play Teams.
Our Hospital Partners
MediCinema at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary
MediCinema at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children/Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
MediCinema at Newport’s Serennu Children’s Centre
MediCinema at London’s Guy’s Hospital
MediCinema at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
MediCinema at London’s St Thomas’ Hospital (Pop-Up)
Coming Soon – MediCinema at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
New MediCinema Sites
Our goal is to make our cinema-based programmes available to more NHS patients by creating new MediCinemas in Trusts across the UK.
We use space within a hospital Trust to create our on-site state of the art cinemas. Current projects range from converting existing lecture theatres to creating whole new shells in a hospital atrium. In partnership with hospital charities, MediCinema raise and fund the development of the cinema. Sites are maintained and managed on an ongoing basis by the expert MediCinema team including nurses and volunteers
Plan view of the forthcoming MediCinema at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Meet the MediCinema Team
Operations and Finance Coordinator
Head of Finance and Company Secretary
Director of Communications
Donatella Del Monaco
Chief Operating Officer
Cinema Manager, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Cinema Manager, Guy’s Hospital
Technical Assistant, Serennu Children’s Centre
Senior Operations Manager
Deputy Cinema Manager, Royal Victoria Infirmary
Chief Executive Officer
Director of Development
Duty Screening Manager, St Thomas’ Hospital
Cinema Manager, Royal Hospital for Children/Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Cinema Manager, Royal Victoria Infirmary
Deputy Cinema Manager, Royal Hospital for Children/Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Fundraising Assistant Manager
The personal and professional care provided by these nurses enable those with varied and complex needs to benefit from the MediCinema. They also give patients and their family members the peace of mind and reassurance that they will remain looked after during the film screenings.