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State-of-the-art cinema opens in new children's hospital

State-of-the-art cinema opens in new children's hospital

A 47-seat cinema with space for wheelchairs and hospital beds will screen movies to sick children at Glasgow's newest hospital.

Funded by Yorkhill Children's Charity, the state-of-the-art MediCinema rolled out its first ever screening on Tuesday night at the Royal Hospital for Children.

The £250k cinema facility - the only one of its kind in Scotland - will allow young people to enjoy the latest film releases including Inside Out and Minions for free.

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It is expected that 3000 young people and their families will use the cinema each year.

Director of fundraising at Yorkhill Children’s Charity Kirsten Sinclair said: "The MediCinema will make a vital difference to the lives of young patients, providing them with welcome stimulation and allowing families the chance to spend time together enjoying one of life’s simple pleasures.

"For Yorkhill Children’s Charity, partnering with MediCinema represents an important project and shows the continued commitment we have to improving the lives of families across Scotland.

"In addition to the capital needed to develop the cinema, we have pledged £30,000 of funds to cover the annual running costs. This forms part of the more than £5m in equipment and service delivery we have committed at the new hospital."

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The 47-seat cinema can accommodate six wheelchairs and around four or five hospital beds.

Nursing stafff and volunteers from MediCinema and Yorkhill Children's Charity will also be on hand to chaperon screenings.

The MediCinema will also be used by theatre, storytelling and music groups during the day to provide patients with entertainment and education, as part of Yorkhill Children’s Charity’s 'Smiles Better' play and entertainment project.

Andrew Robertson, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Chairman, said: "We have greatly enjoyed our partnership with both the MediCinema and Yorkhill Children’s Charity on this project.

"With the NHS having built this wonderful new hospital and provided the infrastructure for the MediCinema we are very grateful to both charities for their tremendous support in the installation and ongoing provision of this fantastic and much loved amenity for our patients."

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The Royal Hospital for Children, with a separate identity and entrance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, opened its doors a few weeks ago.

It replaces the former Royal Hospital for Sick Children located in Yorkhill.

The facility also features indoor and outdoor play areas, interactive activities provided by the Glasgow Science Centre, a ground floor cafe and a part-covered roof garden.

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