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About our cookies policy
Our cookies policy explains how cookies and other tracking devices are used on our website at www.e-hospital.co.uk. For the purpose of this policy, references to “cookies” refers to cookies and other types of technologies which are used to help us recognise you as a user of our website.
About cookies and how we use them
Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer or other device when you visit our website. The cookies are then used to gather information about your use of a site or in some cases, to allow you to be recognised as an existing user when returning.
Cookies are commonly used to help websites work more efficiently and to provide information to website owners.
They help our website to work in the way that you would expect so that we can provide you with a good experience when you use our website. They also help us to improve our site and make our promotional activity more efficient.
In general terms, cookies can be categorised into the following broad categories:
Strictly necessary cookies: cookies required for the operation of the website. They include cookies used to allow you to log in to secure website areas for example, if you are a medical professional accessing our E-Consult Service area of the site for medical professionals. To do this, we store your details so that each time you login to that area, you can be recognised as a returning user.
Analytical/performance cookies: these are cookies which allow a website operator to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around a website. They help improve the way websites work, for example, by ensuring that users easily find what they are looking for.
Functionality cookies: these allow a returning user and his/her preferences to be recognised. This means that the website can then present personalised content.
Targeting cookies: these types of cookies record visits to a website, the pages visited and the links followed. These cookies are used to tailor content.
More specifically, we use the types of cookies below at www.e-hospital.co.uk. The table below also provides information about what the cookies are used for.
|Google Analytics||_utma||These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have been referred from and the pages which they have visited.|
Session cookies and permanent cookies
Some of the devices which are used on the Children’s e-Hospital website are used for the current session only i.e. to recognise returning users. Session cookies are used to authenticate users after they have signed in for example, those users who are registered to use the E-Consult Service on the website. These are authentication tokens which are used to recognise when a user is logged in.
Cookie settings and more information
Broadly, you can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. Be aware however that if you use browser settings to block cookies, you may not be able to access all or some parts of the site and our site may not work as intended. This is especially the case for our website because we use a minimal number of cookies and these are aimed at making our website function properly in the way that you would expect.
You can find out more about how to manage and delete cookies by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org.
You can also find out about disabling cookies on the following sites for different browsers:
Safari – http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042
Internet Explorer – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835