Domestic assistant at Southmead Hospital adds sparkle to wards through his creative talent

Wednesday, 6 December, 2017

Domestic Assistant at North Bristol NHS Trust, Edwin Andaya has been brightening patients’ days through his artistry.

Edwin Andaya

Edwin, who lives in Lockleaze, has been drawing portraits and writing in calligraphy since 1987. Edwin worked part-time in a factory alongside selling his art at a bookshop in the Philippines.

In 2007, Edwin started working at Southmead Hospital as a Domestic Assistant, and over the past ten years has been adding sparkle to the hospital’s whiteboards through drawings and cheerful messages in calligraphic writing.

Edwin said: “If a patient is missing their pet, I will ask them to describe their dog or cat and will draw them on the whiteboard. Many ask for paper versions so that they can take them home.

“Sometimes patients can get a little bored in hospital. I hope my art brightens their day.”

In September 2016, Edwin received an NBT Hero Award as part of the staff recognition awards organised by Southmead Hospital Charity. His nomination listed his cheerful attitude, productivity and drawings to boost patient morale.

Ward Sister at Southmead Hospital, Emerline Albano said: “Edwin is a team player and uses his creative talent to improve patients’ experience.

“His artwork brings smiles to our patient’s faces.”