Singing assistant cheers up patients and NHS staff
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