Beam­ing Anna de­lights pa­tients with singing and danc­ing rou­tines on ward

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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

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