Singing as­sis­tant cheers up pa­tients and NHS staff

Evening Times - - NEWS - By TOM TOR­RANCE

A YOUNG health­care as­sis­tant has be­come a singing sen­sa­tion with pa­tients – all while she changes beds and dishes out the din­ners.

Anna Pyra cheers up pa­tients with her ren­di­tions of hits by Elvis Pres­ley and Syd­ney Devine.

And the 28-year-old is now bet­ter known for her singing than her mop­ping as she goes about her daily tasks with a smile on her face.

Staff at the Royal Alexan­dra in Pais­ley, Ren­frew­shire, have also been wowed by the health­care as­sis­tant’s pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

Her co-work­ers even nom­i­nated her for an NHS staff award.

Se­nior charge nurse Rosie Mof­fat said: “Anna is fan­tas­tic and a firm favourite with staff and pa­tients alike.

“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.

“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 re­ceived her lo­cal NHS Award.”

Anna, who is hum­bled by the recog­ni­tion she is re­ceiv­ing, says she couldn’t imag­ine her­self in any other job.

She said: “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 think 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.”

Anna Prya, main pic­ture and above, belts out some songs to hos­pi­tal pa­tients

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