Asbestos warning issued over derelict East Fortune Hospital

East Fortune Hospital has lain derelict for a number of years and is now deemed a safety risk. Picture: Sean Bell
East Fortune Hospital has lain derelict for a number of years and is now deemed a safety risk. Picture: Sean Bell
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A safety warning has been issued in East Lothian in relation to an abandoned hospital in East Fortune that is frequented by youths.

In the past few weeks, police officers have received a number of reports relating to youths entering the facility, with one incident on the weekend of 30 September resulting in a small fire being started that required the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to attend.

A number of buildings at the old hospital contain Asbestos, which can cause extremely serious health issues and in some cases, could prove fatal.

In addition to the hazardous material, there are a number of missing drain covers around the site, which also present a risk to members of the public.

Inspector Andy Hill from Haddington Police Station said: “The buildings in the old hospital site at East Fortune present numerous risks to anyone entering the grounds without the proper authority or safety equipment.

“The site may seem a popular place for young people to gather given its relatively remote location, but it is not a safe place and I would urge all parents and guardians to remind any children in their care of this.

“There is also a risk to any police officers or our partners in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, should we be called out to this location to deal with any incidents that occur.

“Please do not risk your own safety, or the safety of others by visiting and entering the old hospital grounds.”