What is Dr Toolbox?

Dr Toolbox is a secure online information resource set up by trainee doctors to help to better orientate themselves with their hospital and department. Including bleep numbers, referral methods & guides.

Why does it matter?

Easily accessible information at local level ensures that staff can be as efficient and effective as possible in carrying out their role. This in turn has positive impacts on patient safety as well as education and training.

What can it do?

Dr Toolbox is estimated to save 40 minutes per doctor per day. At a typical NHS Trust with 60 doctors in training, this could save £200,000 per hospital every year.

Everything you need

Website based content

The website is written in a Wikipedia-style format, allowing crowdsourcing of information maintained by local authorised users, to keep it relevant and updated. Each hospital has its own domain, co-ordinated by a lead editor who reviews the information, and a senior clinician who provides
support and continuity.


No patient information is ever added and hospitals can retain control of information uploaded to the site. Access is restricted to healthcare professionals working at the trust. Data transfers are protected using industry standard encryption.

iPhone™ / Android™ apps

The app automatically and securely downloads the website information to the phone in real time. Information can be instantly searchable both online and offline. Phone calls and emails can be made at the click of a button.

App for Northwick Park Hospital
Download on the App Store
Get it on the Play Store

How do we get involved?

NHS Organisations

Please contact support@dr-toolbox.com.

Other organisations

Dr Toolbox is committed to improving quality of care throughout healthcare so if you want to know more please get in touch.

Healthcare professionals

Healthcare professionals can start a new site by getting in touch. You will be able to complete a valuable and enduring quality improvement project and receive certificate upon completion.

Be involved in an award winning project

Dr Toolbox was winner of the prestigious 2014 HSJ Value in Healthcare Award. 500 junior doctors have been editors to date. And we have endorsements at all levels from junior doctors up to the NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh.

Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director 2007–13

“I am excited by the development of the Dr Toolbox. It is an excellent innovation which I feel will significantly transform the perennial issues faced by junior doctors and hospitals in general.

I am also particularly encouraged by the inclusion of patient safety as both a driving principle and an explicit consideration in the Toolbox itself. I strongly endorse this initiative and encourage you to get involved at your hospital.”

Victoria Jones. Junior Doctor Liaison Manager.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

“We have found that this has been of real benefit to our locum workforce, especially anyone who is booked at short notice, or out of hours. We have recently added a dedicated locum section on the main menu to ensure it is easy to find which highlights key information, such as who they can ask for help, where they can park when they arrive etc.

Judy Crabb. Education Centre & Medical Education Manager. 

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

"We have fully implemented toolbox and it has made a massive difference to our induction, no more reams of photocopying and have shaved hours of the induction as now all the information is in one place. Thanks for coming up with this”

Dr Toolbox: What doctors and educators say (Video)

More testimonials

Contact us -> mailto:support [snail] dr-toolbox [period] com Sign up as an editor