The charity giving patients a ‘magical night at the pictures’


medicinema was set up in 1996 by Christine Hill MBE to provide a positive distraction for hospital patients and their families. The charity manages state-of-the-art cinemas within places of care, screening box office releases and providing a free and immersive experience for over 7,000 people each year.

Having set up the first site in 1999 at St Thomas’ Hospital, London Bridge, Medicinema now run cinemas across five UK sites, including The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, and Headley Court’s Rehabilitation Centre; furthermore, they have recently launched a new cinema at Guy’s Hospital, with St Thomas’ also currently undergoing refurbishment.

As it is not NHS-funded, Medicinema relies entirely on donations from those who recognise its value: high morale scientifically proven to support fast recovery, whilst also providing a ‘normal’ environment for families to socialise within.

Andrew Hunt, who manages the Guy’s and St. Thomas’ cinemas with Ellie Tetlow, explains that the team “are passionate about providing a restorative experience to distract patients from the monotony of hospital life”. This team includes Medicinema workers as well as a dedicated group of volunteers who run screenings, assist patients and set up fundraising events. Nursing staff are also vital, as Andrew explains that one of the greatest concerns lies in ensuring that each patient continues to receive the correct treatment whilst enjoying a movie.

There are few distractions from the anxiety and isolation felt whilst spending time in hospital, Andrew noting that “when patients are feeling vulnerable, being transported by the magic of a ‘night at the pictures’ can really keep their spirits up.” With this in mind, Medicinema benefits patients across the UK, with their newest and oldest sites at Guy’s and St Thomas’ providing specifically for the local Southbank community.

Medicinema relies entirely upon donations, so to sponsor a patient’s ‘magical night at the pictures’ please:

Visit medicinema/ Text FILM11 plus the amount to 70070 Or send a cheque payable to MediCinema, to:
Conybeare House Guy’s Hospital London SE1 9RT t: 020 7188 3697 e: w:


“a restorative experience to distract patients from the monotony of hospital life

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