How GP contract changes will affect your surgery

The new contracts affect GP surgeries in England Credit: PA

The new contract between GPs in England and the Government will see a number of changes.

They are aimed at giving patients better care and more details about their family doctor, and also at preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital.

The British Medical Association has listed some of the key changes.

Named Doctors for over 75s

Surgeries and clinics will provide a named and accountable GP to each patient aged 75 years or older.

The doctor will make sure the patient gets the care they need and co-ordinate any treatment.

All existing patients should be told who their individual GP is by 30 June 2014.

Patients will be able to book appointments online and organise repeat prescriptions Credit: Getty Images

Online appointments and repeat prescriptions

From April 2014 all surgeries will be expected to offer online appointments and repeat prescription services.

And from March 2015 patients should be able to access their medical records held by their GP online.

Paramedics and emergency doctors will be able to use a hotline to patients' GP surgery Credit: Reuters

Hotline for paramedics and emergency doctors

Surgeries will create a special hotline where they can be contacted by medical staff in emergencies.

This will enable them to find out key information on patients in their care such as whether they have allergies to antibiotics.

Doctors will be given greater flexibility over how they organise their appointments Credit: PA

End to 10 minute minimum appointment

GPs will be able to choose how many patients they wish to see in one day rather than make all appointments in 10 minute blocks.

The average appointment currently last 12 minutes meaning many overrun.

Surgeries will be assessed on whether patients would recommend them to others Credit: PA

Friends and Family Test

The test question will be: 'How likely are you to recommend our practice to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?'

Practices will be required to ask one follow up question of their own choosing, and also provide monthly feedback to NHS England.

The net salaries of GPs in England will be published for the first time under a new contract agreement Credit: Reuters

GP earnings published

For the first time patients will be able to see what their GPs are earning and allow them to decide whether they are getting value for money.

Net salaries will be published from 2015-16.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said it would give the Government more confidence to hand more funds over in future.