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Artwork gives hospital unit ‘burst of colour’

Poole Hospital’s gynaecology unit has been adorned with new artwork to give it a warm and friendly feel for patients and staff.

The four paintings in the Harbourside ambulatory gynaecology centre are based on beach and sea themes and depict images of Durdle Door, beach huts and boats.

They were created by Lymington-based artist Steve Lees who runs Stephen Lees Original Contemporary Art.

Steve has painted since he was a child and uses a palette knife instead of a brush to make his designs. “It’s nice to have my paintings in an area where it will hopefully help lift people’s spirits,” said Steve.     

“The whole point of paintings, I believe, is to put a smile on people’s faces.”

Benita Fillingham, Harbourside unit sister, came across the work on a visit to Steve’s gallery in Lymington and thought that art with a beach and sea theme would look great on the unit. “The artwork gives the department a new burst of colour and brings a vibrant feel to the unit,” said Benita, who even gave Steve a little helping hand with one of the paintings.

“They really brighten up the corridor and are a fantastic addition to our recent refurbishment.

“What I was most impressed with was that I had a go and didn’t mess it up!” 

The paintings were purchased using charitable funds and have received positive feedback from both patients and staff.

The unit has recently undergone a refurbishment to provide additional treatment bays and access to specialist gynaecology services, with the aim of reducing anxiety for patients. It was opened to patients on 4 February and officially opened by Sally Taylor, BBC South Today presenter, on 15 March.

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