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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 July 2006, 23:36 GMT 00:36 UK
Silver screen for sick children
Lecture theatre to be converted into a MediCinema
This lecture theatre will be converted into a MediCinema
Work is under way to bring the magic of the silver screen to sick children and their families while in hospital.

Scotland's first MediCinema has been given the go-ahead after a campaign raised 300,000 in funding.

It is being built in a former lecture theatre at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.

Robbie Coltrane, MediCinema patron, said it was "great news", adding: "If the kids can't get to the cinema then the cinema has to come to them."

Cinema experience

Once work is complete, young film fans will have a 55-seat, on-site big screen cinema with Dolby Surround Sound.

Mr Coltrane added: "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."

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

John Hughan, Yorkhill's general manager of operations, said: "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 make this 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."

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