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Online Acute Referral System (OARS)

Online 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.

To view OARS: (accessible on the NHS HSCN network)

OARS training guide (pdf, 567 KB)

More information can be found at


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:

Online Acute Referral System (OARS) training video

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:

Online Acute Referral System (OARS)

Contact us


Nick de Pennington
Project Lead

Aleksandra Deja
Project Manager


Non-urgent help queries

OUH IM&T Service Desk


Tel: 01865 222822



Last reviewed:19 April 2022