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 three different types of cookies used on Patient Access;

  • 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?

__utma/b/z (Third-party) These cookies are used by our analytics software to monitor which pages are visited and allow us to make improvements to the website by analysing visitors interest and behaviour. All data collected is anonymous.
__utmc (Third-party)
p_state (Session) These cookie is used to keep you logged in.
p_auth (Session)
p_ref (Session) These cookie helps keep the site secure.
p_aft (Session)

Changing your settings

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

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 26/02/2015