Mallodeon cinema room now open for patients

The Trust has officially opened a new cinema room on Mallard ward at Ridgeway, Roseberry Park in Middlesbrough

The new ‘Mallodeon’ cinema room has been officially opened on Mallard ward at Ridgeway, Roseberry Park in Middlesbrough (13 March).

The inspiration for the project came from ward manager, Sharon Walker who wanted to enhance the quality of life for patients on the ward and give them the opportunity to be able to socialise more too.

Together patients and staff have converted an empty room into a multi-coloured cinema room, designed and developed from the ideas of patients and staff.

The cinema room portrays colourful and popular images from films over the years including a popcorn seller, usher, ticket booth, Charlie Chaplin and other stars of the silver screen. It even includes a line of red chairs and stage curtains to replicate a cinema environment

Films from the past are shown at the request of the older patients which helps to stimulate memory, allows them to reminisce, encourages them to socialise with each other and, in the future, will allow other patients to visit.

Elizabeth Moody, director of nursing who performed the ribbon untying ceremony said: “The artwork is absolutely fantastic. It creates a real cinema experience on the ward and it’s great to see staff and patients contributing to the design too.”

Steven Coates, health care assistant and lead on the project said: “The enthusiasm of patients has really shone through when creating this project. Although it’s still early days ‘Mallodeon’ is proving to be very popular with service users.”

Mallard ward provides a low secure inpatient facility for males aged 55 and over.