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Oxford Acute Referral System (OARS)

OARSOxford Acute Referral System (OARS) is an electronic system to document and manage the acute referral of patients to specialist services at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

OARS aims to improve patient care by documenting all referral discussions that take place. Each discussion can be added to / viewed by any member of the referring team in the same location as the patient.

More information can be found at

Video resources

OARS has been developed to deal with the increasingly complex multi-person and multi-team discussions that take place when seeking specialist advice.

This video below explains how the system works:

OARS was created during a Quality Improvement Project at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a response to better handle acute referrals.

The people behind it explain in this video how it benefits patient care:

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