People packed out Creswell Social Centre to hear about plans for a new £2million health centre in the village.
Doctors gave a presentation on the scheme which they believe could be up and running by September next year.
They have earmarked the site of the old Methodist chapel on Elmton Road as a preferred location. But negotiations are still ongoing with landowner Welbeck Estates.
The new building would house Creswell Primary Care Centre and Crags Healthcare, both of which are currently up for sale, it was revealed.
“This is a fantastic new development for Creswell. Funding has been agreed, the green light has been given, we just need to tie up a few loose ends and get on with it,” said Dr Trefor Roscoe, medical director of PPL which runs Creswell Primary Care Centre.
“Nobody is going to come along in six months and say the money is not there. It has been agreed at a very high level and it will happen.”
Dr William Riddell from Crags Healthcare said the site would allow for future expansion if the population of the village grew.
But there are no plans for a pharmacy or dentist to be part of the health centre, contrary to what some people had heard.
It is also unclear whether any extra services would be provided by the practices themselves. “It depends on whether they are funded and whether the Government wants to break up general practice even more,” said Dr Roscoe.
Basic plans have been drawn up by both Creswell practices in consultation with NHS Property Services, NHS England which commissions primary care, NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group which plans and buys secondary care in North Eastern Derbyshire and Bolsover councillors Jim Clifton, Duncan McGregor and Rita Turner.
It is hoped a full planning application, including detailed designs, could be submitted by June.
If permission is swiftly granted and tenders secured, work could start on site in November and finish by September 2015.
• Patients are urged to feedback on the proposals through each practice’s patient participation group.