There are seven principal sections in the DORIS website, all of which are fully searchable:

 

Address book

A locally-compiled address book of useful contacts. These include hospitals, community clinics, hospices, consultants, practices with specialisations (eg in minor surgery), mental health services and other relevant contacts such as district nurses, health visitors, physiotherapists. More recently there has been an increase in so-called ‘social prescribing’ with much information on local authority social services, charities, voluntary bodies  and many others.

 

Form Store

A store of forms used for referrals and other purposes. Increasingly institutions such as community services and hospitals will only accept referrals on their official forms. The forms may be filled in online and many practices benefit from the integration of patient data with forms which will enable the automatic completion of referrer and patient details. A hyperlink to the completed form is created within the patient notes; it may also be saved for attachment to Choose and Book referrals. This saves GPs and administrators much time in making referrals.

 

Information & Guidance

An information and guidance section for local pathways, prescribing guidance, descriptions of community and primary care services, details of low priority procedures, safeguarding etc.

 

Patient leaflets

Locally-developed patient information leaflets and other material can be printed off in the surgery as necessary and handed to patients.

 

Administration

An administration area for storing useful documents of a non-clinical nature such as enhanced services, sample employment contracts, PCT/ CCG policies, information governance guidance etc.

 

Embedded Internet links

Embedded links within resources to the most useful GP websites make it easier to find information on a
given topic.

 

Forum

An area for users to discuss topical local subjects