THE NHS is taking emergency steps after 59 extra people died in Erewash during last winter’s treacherous conditions.
Health bosses have welcomed Department of Health plans for the Met Office to issue the NHS with cold weather alerts so they can prepare before a cold snap.
Last year large parts of the country, including Erewash, were at a standstill after freezing conditions.
The NHS says the new plans could save lives.
Dr Bruce Laurence, acting director of public health for NHS Derbyshire, said: “This will help us further protect those most at risk from severe winter conditions and save lives.”