Elvis is in the build­ing...at RAH

Anna bright­ens up pa­tients’ lives belt­ing out the King’s songs

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor

An Elvis- mad nurse has been hailed af­ter her croon­ing left pa­tients all shook up.

Anna Pyra, 28, shake, rat­tle and rolls her way through her rounds at the Royal Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal by belt­ing out rock hits.

She even bagged an award from the health board for bright­en­ing up days by ap­ing the King.

Anna said: “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.”

The aux­il­iary nurse is known through­out the hos­pi­tal on

Anna is a firm favourite with staff and pa­tients alike Rosie Mof­fat

Pais­ley’s Corse­bar Road for her dance moves and singing.

She won a gong at the re­cent staff awards, but in­sists smiles from pa­tients are worth more than any tro­phy.

Rosie Mof­fat, se­nior charge nurse at ward five, says the en­thu­si­asm rubs off on all her col­leagues.

She 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 set list 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 else is. It is con­ta­gious.”

Anna cleans the ward, helps with pa­tients and the din­ner ser­vice – but she is bet­ter known for her rap­ping than mop­ping.

She added: “Work­ing in the hos­pi­tal is like a dream come true for me.

“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 half way through.

“I love my job and I would never want to be any­where else.”

Who needs a mic? Mar­garet McGar­rity is en­ter­tained by Anna Rock ‘n’ roll Anna Pyra sings to de­lighted pa­tient Brenda Dunn

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