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BIG SCREEN MAGIC COMING TO GLASGOW'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

July 20, 2006 5:21 PM

Lights! Camera! Drill! – It's not quite the usual command to launch a film event, but then building work has just started to convert a former lecture theatre at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill into Scotland's first MediCinema.

Celebrities, former patients and supporters of the hospital have been raising money towards the cost of the work to transform the lecture room, which is above the hospital's Accident and Emergency Department, into a cinema for the patients.

Big name supporters include Scottish stars Ewan McGregor and Robbie Coltrane, and once work is complete the hospital's young film fans will have a 55-seat, on-site big screen cinema with Dolby Surround Sound.

Robbie, a patron of the MediCinema charity, said:

"Great news that MediCinema is coming to Glasgow's Children's Hospital - if the kids can't get to the cinema then the cinema has to come to them!

"Going to the movies is something we all take for granted but for those in hospital it's not an option.

"MediCinema offers the cinema experience for all patients - including those in beds and wheelchairs - and the chance to see all the latest film releases before they come out on dvd."

John Hughan, the Hospital's General manager of Operations, said: "The hospital's need to maintain a multi functional room, whilst converting it to provide a commercial quality cinema for patients makes this project an exciting challenge.

"However the fact that going to see a film offers the youngsters a few hours of escapism from their hospital ward and into the magical world of film will makethis so worthwhile.

"This form of ‘big screen therapy' is a real boost to their morale, and even if they are confined to their bed the facility is designed to accommodate beds being wheeled into the cinema."

The specialist cinema equipment and fittings will be relocated to the new £100m children's hospital on the Southern General site when it is completed in 2011.

Jeremy Armitage, lead designer from architectural health care specialists, Armitage Associates, who have designed the new interior, said:

"Our team is extremely happy to be leading design and construction work for the hospital's eagerly awaited MediCinema.

"Throughout our many years of designing hospitals and care home projects, we have seen time and again the powerful contribution which laughter and fun can make to the health, wellbeing and recovery of patients of all ages."

The MediCinema campaign is also being supported many businesses and organisations including by more than half of all ASDA stores in Scotland, Vue Cinemas, Celtic, Rangers and Motherwell Football Clubs, Radio Clyde, Lomond Audi, Mockingbird Films, the British Board of Film Classification, and Yorkhill Children's Foundation

MediCinema is a charity set up to install state-of-the-art cinemas in hospitals which are free for patients and their families.

Thanks to the generous support of leading distributors the charity is able to screen the latest films and even host special previews.

Notes to Editors

You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill on Thursday 20th July, at 12.30 pm, when a young patient, equipped with clapperboard, megaphone and sitting in a director's chair, will officially launch the beginning of the MediCinema building work.

Reporters and photographers should report to reception at the main entrance of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

For more information contact Susan Carden, Communications Officer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, tel. 0141 201 4429, mobile 07971 267759, tel. 0141 201 4429, mobile 07971 267759.

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