Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that websites store on your computer to help distinguish you from other users. We use cookies to help us provide you with a better experience when you browse our website and help us to improve our site through monitoring visitor interest and behaviour anonymously.

There are a few different types of cookies:

  • Persistent cookies are used to retain user preferences, relating to a particular website you visit. This can be things like whether you want to be logged in automatically when you visit the website, or whether you've already been asked to take part in a survey for example. Persistent cookies exist on your machine for a pre-set length of time.
  • Session cookies are used to retain information during a particular time you've used a website; this can be things like storing the contents of your shopping basket on an e-commerce site. They are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
  • Third-party cookies are used by advertisers and social networks to learn about your browsing habits to help deliver relevant advertising and content to you. This, for example means you could be more likely to see adverts for shops you already shop at.

What cookies do we use on our site?

On Patient we use Persistent and Session cookies. Due to the social media buttons you'll find on our articles and the advertising we use to support the site, you may also receive Third-party cookies while using Patient.

Below is a list of cookies used by Patient:

Third party cookies

Some third party cookies may be set on your computer by social media websites and advertising networks. These are used to better understand your interests so that they can market more relevant content to you at another time, in much the same way a supermarket loyalty card analyses your shopping bill and will market relevant discount offers to you based on the products you bought. This is called Behavioural Advertising.

If you would like more information about behavioural advertising and how it affects your privacy, please take a look at www.youronlinechoices.com/uk. You can choose to opt-in or out of a variety of different ad networks on this page; http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices or on this page; http://www.aboutads.info/choices.

Changing your settings

We have provided links below to instructions for all the major browsers on how to change your cookie settings.

Firefox Internet Explorer Google Chrome Safari iPhone/iPad Android
Click here to find out how to change cookie settings in Firefox Click here to find out how to change cookie settings in Internet Explorer Click here to find out how to change cookie settings in Google Chrome  Click here to find out how to change cookie settings in Safari  Click here to find out how to change cookie settings in Safari iOS Click here to find out how to change cookie settings in Android 

Please note: We do not recommend disabling cookies entirely as this will prevent most websites and services (such as webmail and social media sites) from working.

Last revised 05/01/15