Singalong gives nurses time to feel ‘normal’
Tea party celebrates nurse Tricia’s recovery from coronavirus.
By Democrat reporter
A senior nurse at has treated her staff to an afternoon singalong to thank them for their dedication while she battled Covid-19.
Lead nurse Trisha Myers was ill and off work for three weeks with the virus and was ‘blown away’ by the efforts of her 260 staff during that time.
“I have been nursing for almost 40 years, I have not known such an emotionally draining time to be a nurse and it can take its toll,” said Trisha, who works at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow.
“I was off for three weeks with the virus and was stunned when I returned to see how well they were all doing. When I ask nurses and other staff how they are doing I just hear ‘we’re getting on with it’ and that in itself is remarkable.”
Trisha wanted to show her gratitude and went about organising a one hour singalong, complete with snacks and drinks in the old surgical block of the Royal – while adhering to the all-important rules of social distancing.
Trisha received support from a number of volunteers and was hugely supported by Louise Colquhoun, Volunteer coordinator who led the singalong.
“The nice thing about where it was held is that it’s a large atrium, going up five floors, so even those who couldn’t come down and join us, could enjoy the music and atmosphere from their balcony. I just wanted them to take 20 or 30 minutes, out of PPE, to feel ‘normal’ again,” said Trisha.
One member of staff to benefit from the experience was Health Care Support Worker Carole Smith.
She said: “The celebration was a huge success, a great benefit, let staff have some enjoyment in this difficult time. It definitely cheered the staff up and made us feel lucky to have their health and well-being.
“A definite success, and a good time had by all.”
John Stuart, Chief Nurse added: “What an excellent gesture from Trisha which was welcomed by those who were able to attend. I only managed to get along for some of the songs but it was clear that the singalong proved to be a release valve for many of our staff. Maybe more will now join the GRI Choir now!”