Hospital car park transformed into drive-in cinema to thank NHS families

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Healthcare staff enjoying the drive-in cinema at The James Cook University Hospital

Healthcare teams across Teesside and North Yorkshire enjoyed a free drive-in cinema experience as a special thank you for all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For one day only The James Cook University Hospital transformed its Prissick staff car park into a drive-in cinema venue complete with a big screen and popcorn and snack stands.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff were given the chance to vote for their favourite movies and the most popular two – Mary Poppins Returns and The Greatest Showman – hit the big screen on Saturday 3 July.

Uwe Franke, clinical lead for emergency preparedness, resilience and response, said: “Colleagues across the trust have worked tirelessly over the past 16 months under extraordinary pressures and we know their families have been affected too, with many family events being put on hold.

“So as a big thank you South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust teamed up with Our Hospitals Charity to organise a series of free drive in films for staff and their families to exclusively enjoy and it was a great success.”

Laura Mills, head of facilities added: “Families were not put off by the rain for the afternoon showing and by the evening it was brighter and people were dancing and singing in their cars – it was such a great atmosphere!”