Magic of the movies comes to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

23 October 2015

 

Two charities, CW+ and MediCinema, have joined forces to bring a state-of-the-art cinema to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The CW+ MediCinema screens the latest film releases free of charge for patients and their families to enjoy. It was officially launched last night at a special event in the hospital attended by donors, supporters, hospital staff and patients.

The CW+ MediCinema has capacity for 40 seats, 5 hospital beds and 6 wheelchairs, meaning it is fully accessible for all. The cinema will screen films three times a week, for patients of all ages including in and outpatients. Nursing staff are present for every screening and more one-to-one support can be provided for patients who have greater needs. When the cinema is not screening films, it will be used as a paediatric teaching space, training the next generation of medical staff using the latest technology.  The space will also provide a venue for some of CW+’s special performing arts activities for patients.

Vanessa Sloane, Director of Nursing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital says: “The CW+ MediCinema is a wonderful addition to our hospital. Being a patient can involve long periods of discomfort, boredom whilst waiting and a loss of ‘normality’ for the patient and their family.  The CW+ MediCinema will bring some sense of ‘normality’ along with distraction, escapism and enjoyment for patients and their families.”

Twelve year old Jack has been in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for the last eight months. His mum, Steph, says: “It can be hard to keep Jack entertained, especially as he has been in here so long, so the CW+ MediCinema really great. It is very hard having Jack in hospital, especially as we don’t live locally and I come nearly every day. The cinema is going to make it a little bit easier for me and it makes Jack happy.”

CW+ has also commissioned artist Andy Council to produce two bespoke murals, which span the exterior walls of the cinema. Andy has created a fox and a rhino artwork, which are made up of buildings and local landmarks in the Chelsea and Fulham area. These large artworks will provide an uplifting and interesting point of interest in the hospital for patients, families and staff to enjoy. The artworks are part of CW+’s extensive art collection within the hospital.

Mark Norbury, CEO of CW+ says: “We are thrilled to be able to bring the CW+ MediCinema to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Escaping into a film for an hour or two will comfort patients and loved ones who are going through a difficult time. It will also help us educate the next generation of clinicians to provide the best care to our patients.”

Kat Mason, CEO of MediCinema says: “We are delighted to have partnered with CW+ to open our 7th MediCinema at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. You only have to witness the looks on our patients' faces as they walk through the doors of a MediCinema to understand the true value of escapism, and return to normality for people who are unwell in a place of care. For MediCinema, partnering with CW+ has enabled us to provide this magic and escapism to many more patients and their families across Greater London and Middlesex.”

The CW+ MediCinema is now open and is located on level three of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

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For more information, and photos, please contact sarah.holland@chelwest.nhs.ukor 020 3315 6610

Notes to editors

CW+

CW+ exists to make care better for patients and their families at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. We bring together pioneering research, innovation, art and design to transform the experience and outcomes for thousands of people every day - in our hospital, in the wider community and all around the world. We do this by:

  • Raising funds for ground-breaking research which identifies new life saving treatments and prevention for babies, children and adults.
  • Delivering an award-winning art and design programme to transform the hospital environment and experience for patients, families, volunteers and staff.
  • Investing in financially sustainable innovations, facilities and technologies which improve clinical outcomes for patients.

www.cwplus.org.uk

MediCinema

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, 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 long-term 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 screens show up to date film releases, donated by the film industry for free, and are fully digitalised with RealD 3D screens and Dolby Surround Sound. Our screens are built to accommodate patients in wheelchairs, beds, on drips or monitors so everyone can enjoy the joy and escapism of cinema. By creating a true cinema experience in this safe, stimulating,  relaxing and sociable environment, MediCinema goers can escape the isolation of their wards and illness, and enjoy a few hours of normality and fun with their family and loved ones.     

www.medicinema.org.uk

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is based at 369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH and provides a range a specialist services for patients as well as general local services for people living locally.

The hospital is a modern purpose designed and built facility which opened in May 1993.

Most services are based at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital site but the Trust also runs a highly successful network of HIV and sexual health centres. Our specialist services include: Paediatric & Neonatal Surgery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Paediatric A&E, High Risk Maternity, Burns Unit, Dermatology, HIV, Assisted Conception Unit (ACU), Weight Loss Surgery, Stroke Services.

www.chelwest.nhs.uk

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