Emergency NHS help in big freeze

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EMERGENCY steps preparing the NHS for cold weather snaps will help save dozens of lives in Buxton and surrounding areas, according to NHS Derbyshire.

Last year, High Peak’s expected death rate rose by 68 during the period of treacherous freezing conditions which left the most vulnerable cold, alone and more susceptible to heart problems, strokes, respiratory illness and falls.

Health bosses from NHS Derbyshire have now welcomed the publication of the Department of Health’s cold weather plan which will protect the most vulnerable from the potentially devastating consequences of a big freeze.

Under the new system, the Met Office will issue the NHS and other local organisations with cold weather alerts under a four-level alert system. Depending on the severity of the conditions, the NHS will be expected to carry out certain duties.

Dr Bruce Laurence, acting director of public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said:

“The new cold weather plan will ensure that we continue to be well armed against the impact of another potentially severe winter.”