HEALTH ministers have pledged up to £3m towards the creation of a super GP surgery in Hereford.

The government funding will go towards Hereford Medical Group’s planned new primary care hub at Station Approach.

The new medical centre will have 30,677 sq ft of floorspace over three floors and will house the Greyfriars, Moorfield House, Aylestone Hill, Sarum House and King Street GP surgeries.

In a letter to Hereford and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman, Health and Social Care Secretary of State Matt Hancock said that he was delighted to inform him of the NHS investment in his constituency.

“We strongly support our NHS and want to help it to be the best it can be,” he said.

“We are funding the Hereford Primary Care Hub scheme with new investment of up to £3million which will deliver a more accessible and appropriate setting for the delivery of general practice services.”

He explained the investment was part of £1bn extra capital funding being announced across England.

“It comes on top of the £20.5bn per year extra funding for the NHS over the next five years – the longest and largest funding settlement in the NHS’s history,” he said.

“The investment is part of a wider plan to provide better services for patients, integrate care better and renew aging facilities.

“The increased funding and the long-term plan demonstrates our abiding commitment to the NHS can be there for all of us, free at the point of use, long into the future.”

Mr Norman congratulated Hereford Medical Group on their success.

“It is fantastic news that the Government has decided to invest up to £3 million in Hereford Prima-ry Care Hub, as confirmed in a letter to me from the Secretary of State, Matt Hancock,” he said.

“This will provide a huge boost to primary medical care across Hereford, improve services and take pressure off A&E at the Hospital.

“It has been the result of tireless lobbying, and I congratulate Hereford Medical Group on their success.”

Herefordshire Council planners approved proposals for the new medical centre in September.

The planning committee agreed the building was needed but many councillors at the time criticised its monolithic design.