TOP OF THE MOPS
Beaming Anna delights patients with singing and dancing routines on ward
A BUBBLY NHS worker is proving a smash hit with patients – as she brightens up their day by belting out songs.
Health care assistant Anna Pyra, 28, cheers up patients with her renditions of tunes by Elvis Presley and Sydney Devine – and all while she mops floors, changes beds and dishes out meals with a smile on her face.
Staff at the Royal Alexandra in Paisley have also been wowed by Anna’s positive attitude.
Her co-workers nominated her for an NHS staff award.
Senior charge nurse Rosie Moffat said: “Anna is fantastic and a firm favourite with staff and patients.
“She really brightens up everyone’s day and puts aside whatever cares she may have to bring pleasure to the patients.
“She sings and dances and, despite only being 28, has a full setlist spanning the 60s and 70s, right up to the present day. If anyone is feeling down, they spend two minutes with Anna and their troubles disappear.
“Honestly, when she’s happy – which is all the time – everyone is happy. She is contagious. We were delighted when Anna
When she’s happy – which is all the time – everyone is happy. She is contagious.
received her local NHS Award.” Modest Anna added: “Working in the hospital is like a dream come true for me. I love my job and I would never want to be anywhere else.
“I can honestly say that Ward 5 is a great place to work and the whole team are fantastic. My singing is just part of that – I’m like a human jukebox.
“I love all types of music and sometimes I will start a song and pick up another halfway through. It’s an honour to look after patients when they really need it and it’s great being part of that journey. One man I worked with had communication difficulties and wasn’t able to speak.
“I was helping him shower one day and was singing Elvis to him, when he started humming along. It was the best feeling for me and I really knew I had made a difference. I could have cried with joy right there and then.”
DANCING QUEEN Anna Pyra has been recognised for her positive attitude with an award. Pic: Andrew Neil
DUET Anna, with a hair brush as a mic, and patient Margaret McGarrity enjoy some chanting
HAPPY HOUR Anna’s revels in making patients smile at the Royal Alexandria Hospital