Health bosses say progress is being made on bringing new GP surgeries into two Derby suburbs to help meet demand when thousands of new residents arrive in coming years.
But a councillor has urged health bosses to get a move on with the proposals.
Last year it was reported plans were being worked on to provide new primary care estates in both Mackworth and Mickleover.
A Primary Care Estate strategy was completed last year in which both wards were identified as the “highest priority areas” in the city.
Following this, work has taken place to look into what extra medical capacity is needed to help serve an estimated 16,000 new residents that are likely to move into several wards of Derby over the next ten years.
This is in addition to meeting current demand, with some Derby premises already at capacity according to a report.
The Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group report says the arrival of thousands of new residents “will impact on GP practices with premises or branch surgeries in Mickleover and Mackworth”.
Work so far has included feasibility studies and developing a strategic outline case, exploring a number of options which could be done to improve medical service capacity for each area.
Further meetings will be held in February to discuss the options and proposals in more detail before a proper consultation exercise with the public is launched.
The latest developments were revealed during a Derby City Council adults and health scrutiny meeting held on Tuesday (February 1).
Clive Newman, director of GP development at Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Overall it is positive news – we are progressing well. We have clear plans to add capacity. I think there will be new buildings in place in both Mickleover and Mackworth and we’re working through plans.”
But one Derby councillor said he would like to see work done sooner rather than later.
Mackworth councillor Adrian Pegg said: “To my mind this has been going on for about five years – is there anything that can be done to speed it up so we can get it done sooner?”
However, Mr Newman said it could be a number of years yet before the new GP surgeries are seen by the public.
He added: “It never is a quick progress especially when you’re trying to build a new build, potentially move or relocate practices and obviously it’s millions and millions of pounds worth of investment.
“We will do everything we can to move this along as quickly as we can. “
Chair of the health scrutiny meeting Alison Martin said: ”It is really clear we need more provision in the city as soon as possible given the levels of difficulty with GP access and that problem is ongoing,”