Two of Scotland’s oldest sight loss charities have warned that people’s eye health is being put at risk because of the current poor facilities at Edinburgh’s Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion.

The building in Chalmers Street was declared no longer fit for purpose in 2014 and although a new eye hospital has been promised, there is no timetable for its construction. Now Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans have launched a campaign, calling on the Scottish Government to commit to funding the new hospital without further delay. And they are asking people to support the campaign by signing a petition.

Craig Spalding, chief executive of two charities, said: “We’ve heard first-hand the mounting concerns about the current eye hospital in Edinburgh. The Scottish Government declared the building unfit for use in 2014, yet nine years on all we’ve had is empty promises to establish a new facility.

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