NHS Scotland

Privacy Policy

NHSScotland respects your right to privacy when using our websites. On this page you will find details of our privacy practices in connection with this website and what we do to maintain your right to privacy.

Collection of personal information on this website

NHSScotland does not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information that you volunteer, either by emailing us or by submitting the online forms. Personal data that you provide to us is processed in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998

Use of personal information collected via this website

Any information, which you provide via this website is not made available to any third parties. Any information provided is used by NHSScotland solely for the purpose of processing your information request.

Collection and use of technical information

Technical details in connection with visits to this website are logged, collected and used by the website host, NHS National Services Scotland. Data collected is used to monitor the health, performance and security of the site.

NHSScotland will make no attempt to identify individual users from logging information except in connection with crime or as directed by appropriate legal authorities in accordance with Scots Law. You should be aware, however, that access to web pages will generally create log file entries in the systems of your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or network services provider. These entities may identify the client and device used to access a page. Such monitoring would be done by the provider of network services and is outwith the responsibility or control of NHSScotland.

Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on SHOW servers. Aggregated analyses of these log files are used to monitor website usage. These analyses are used to allow us to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our websites. All log file information collected by NHSScotland is kept secure and is not provided to third parties.

Use of Cookies

Due to changes in EU legislation, which came into force on 26 May 2012, we need to inform you about cookies we store on your device.

To allow us to meet the legislation we have implemented an ‘implied consent’ solution. You will see a bar across the top of the site informing you that cookies are used, and inviting you to acknowledge the message by clicking ‘OK’. You do not need to click OK and the site will continue to function as expected. If you click OK the information bar will be removed on all pages and on subsequent visits to this site.

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience. Some features on this site will not function if you do not allow cookies.

For additional information on cookies please see the Information Commissioner’s Office.

All the cookies we set on this site are deemed to be minimally intrusive in terms of your privacy. By continuing to use this site you imply that you consent to these cookies being set.

Compliance Cookies

This is a small cookie used to store your cookie preferences.

Analytics Cookies

We use Piwik Analytics service on this website to track page and visitor statistics.

Third Party Cookies

We use a number of tools and external applications to enhance visitor interaction on our site.

Functional Cookies

These cookies are used on some sites when completing online forms, logging in to the site or using other functions. They do not contain any personal information and for the most part are automatically deleted when you close your browser. This site does not use any functional cookies.

If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer, please refer to the instructions for your file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies. You can access them through some types of browser. Search in your cookie folders for ‘nhsnss’ to find our cookie if you wish to delete them.

More information about cookies, including how to block them or delete them, can be found at AboutCookies.org.

Visitors can use this website with no perceived loss of functionality if cookies are disabled from the web browser.

Details of cookies used by this website

This list shows all cookies used by this website and what each is used for.

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. 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 come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Piwik

Enquiries

Privacy and data protection enquiries relating to this website may be made in writing to:

NSS Data Protection Advisor
NHS National Services Scotland
Gyle Square
1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 9EBemail NSS.dataprotection@nhs.net