SAILBOATS, beach huts and Durdle Door are just some of the themes of a new series of original artworks which are now gracing Poole’s gynaecology unit.

The four paintings in the Harbourside ambulatory gynaecology centre are based on beach and sea themes and were created by Lymington-based artist Steve Lees, who runs Stephen Lees Original Contemporary Art.

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

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.”

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. It was officially opened last month by BBC South Today’s Sally Taylor.