The joy and escapism of film at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Patients and their loved ones can enjoy the latest film releases, free of charge, right in the heart of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
CW+, the hospital’s charity, joined forces with fellow charity MediCinema to build the 'CW+ MediCinema'. The state-of-the-art cinema is fully digitalised with 3D screen and Dolby Surround Sound, 40 luxury cinema seats and capacity for six wheelchairs and five beds, which enables patients to enjoy time away from wards with their loved ones. Two nurses are present at every screening so patients can continue to be cared for.
12 year old Jack has been in hospital for over 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 is really great”.
CW+ also commissioned artist Andy Council to produce two bespoke murals, which span the exterior walls of the cinema. Following consultation with patients, Andy 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.
When the space is not being used for film screenings, it provides a state-of-the-art teaching and conferencing facility for clinical staff.
If you are a member of staff who would like to book the space for teaching, please email Andy.Denton@chelwest.nhs.uk
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MediCinema is an independently funded, registered charity which builds, installs and manages state-of-the-art cinemas, screening the lateset releases the film industry has to offer in hospitals and health facilities.