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NHS Highland's singing Inverness doctor: It's fun to be silly and make the kids laugh

By Andrew Dixon

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Dr Ryan Coetzee.
Dr Ryan Coetzee.

With more than 33,000 views on social media, a video of a Raigmore Hospital doctor treating a patient has gained a lot of attention.

Dr Ryan Coetzee, based in the paediatrics department of the Inverness hospital, was videoed by the parent of a young patient as he sang to her while taking her blood – much to everyone’s delight.

Dr Coetzee, who has been at Raigmore since August, has always sung and is trained in classical singing.

He said: “Singing to the patients has always been something I have done. It’s a natural thing for me to sing and when you work in paediatrics its fun to be silly and make the kids laugh.

“It has been getting a lot of attention and I am now being asked if I am the ‘singing doctor’ but if it works for the patients then I’m happy.”

Iona McGauran, lead nurse at Raigmore Hospital, said: “It’s been great to see the reaction this video has had. Ryan was just doing what came naturally to keep his patient calm but it was a lovely video to see and the feedback from patients and their families has been fantastic to hear. He may start getting requests!”

Related article: WATCH: Singing doctor in the Highlands uses vocal talents to calm down baby

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