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Former hospital on critical list

September 29 2008

NHS Lothian have been served with a demolition notice by the council for the burnt out shell of the former eastern General Hospital, destroyed by a devastating fire last year.

The ruined B listed hospital building is considered to be in such parlous state that if the application is refused, the council may have to step in on the grounds of health and safety.

Historic Scotland remains sceptical of the need for demolition however and have asked NHS Lothian to stabilise the remaining facades.

The hospital closed its doors in 2007 whereupon arsonists gained entry to the premises, causing extensive damage.

Elements of the façade are proposed to be retained for possible future reconstruction.

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