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Cookies policy

NHS Choices and other services on www.nhs.uk, such as Change4Life, use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on the website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will accept your consent to receive these cookies. However, if you wish to, you can change your browser settings to block or remove cookies at any time. Go to aboutcookies.org for information on how to do this.

Cookies information

Cookies – small information files placed on your device – are used to improve services for you by, for example:

  • enabling the service to recognise your device so you do not need to give the same information repeatedly
  • recognising when you have already given a username and password so that you do not need to do so for every subsequent web page you visit
  • Improving services we provide by providing you with a personalised journey, where applicable 
  • measuring how many people are using the services we provide, so we can make them easier and faster to use
  • analysing data, anonymously, to help us understand how people interact with government services

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer, mobile phone or whatever device you are using to access the internet. This information is held in cookies. You can learn more about cookies from the GOV.UK guidance on cookies.

For more information about how to remove cookies from your device, or how to block individual cookies from being received, please see the instructions and guidance at www.aboutcookies.org.

See below for further details about cookies you may encounter while visiting the NHS Choices website and associated services such as Change4Life. These details include what information is being held, how long you can expect it to be stored, and how your experience of our website will change if you block individual cookies from being sent to your device.

 

First-party cookies

Name: ASP.NET_SessionID 
Description: This cookie is set to ensure the user does not have any disruption to their user experience while accessing NHS Choices. This cookie holds no personal information; it helps us provide our users with an uninterrupted journey through the website 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk

Name: cookie 
Description: This cookie is set to ensure the user does not have any disruption to their user experience while accessing NHS Choices. This cookie holds no personal information; it helps us provide our users with an uninterrupted journey through the website
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk

Name: WFE 
Description: Used to establish a connection to the web server. The cookie does not gather any personal information about you
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk

Name: _smokefree_session 
Description: Used to establish a connection to the web server. The cookie does not gather any personal information about you
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk

Name: Dassignup.dismiss 
Description: On pages that offer sign-up to the Information Service for Parents, if a user selects not to display the "Sign up for free pregnancy and baby emails" pop-up after their first visit, this cookie is used to stop the pop-up being displayed to the user again 
Lifespan: Up to 3yrs 
Domain: nhs.uk

Name: is_returning 
Description: Used to establish a connection to the web server and identifies whether the user is a repeat user. The cookie does not gather any personal information about you 
Lifespan: Up to 4yrs 
Domain: nhs.uk

Name: nhs_heartage
Description: Maintains form inputs within the Heart Age tool so as to restore them should a user navigate away from the tool and then return. On reload form fields are refilled, results recalculated and the cookie deleted. If the user continues to interact with the tool a new cookie is created and the process repeats. The reset button at the end of the tool also clears the cookie
Lifespan: Session
Domain: nhs.uk

Name: ASP.NET_SessionId 
Description: Used for maintaining a user's session 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: website#lang 
Description: States that the page is in the English language 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: cp_session 
Description: For webchat - stores specific user data including session ID, answers viewed, number of searches, previously viewed answers, previous searches and previously seen email 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: cp_profile 
Description: For webchat - user profile token to identify the user 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: cp_login_start 
Description: For webchat - a temporary cookie to check if cookies are enabled 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: oauth_token 
Description: For webchat - used as authentication token when users use oauth login 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: rnw_ma_login 
Description: For webchat - identifies users who have previously filled out a marketing form so that the next form can be pre-filled with known information 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: rnw_enduser_login 
Description: For webchat - needed for some site logins 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: rnw_survey_login 
Description: For webchat - keeps track of the last page that a user has submitted in a survey 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: noChat 
Description: For webchat - to control whether a user should receive a webchat invitation 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: CHAT_SESSION_ID 
Description: For webchat - allows reconnection to the current chat session in the event of a system/browser crash 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

Name: JSESSIONID 
Description: For webchat - maintains ongoing session with the chat cloud 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk (Symptom checkers)

 

Third-party cookies

Name: _utma 
Description: The _utma cookie is part of Google analytics, and is primarily used to track visits to any site which uses Google analytics. _utma stores the number of visits made from your device, the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. This cookie does not contain any personal information other than the IP address of your device. For more information read Google’s privacy policy
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: Google.com, nhs.uk

Name: _utmb 
Description: The _utmb cookie is part of Google analytics, and is primarily used to track visits to any site which uses Google analytics. _utmb stores the number of visits made from your device, the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. This cookie does not contain any personal information other than the IP address of your device. For more information read Google’s privacy policy
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: Google.com, nhs.uk

Name: _utmc 
Description: The _utmc cookie is part of Google analytics and is used to check approximately how long you stay on any site that uses Google analytics: when a visit starts and approximately ends. This cookie does not contain any personal information other than the IP address of your device. For more information read Google’s privacy policy.
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: Google.com, nhs.uk

Name: _utmt 
Description: The _utmv cookie is part of Google analytics. It contains no specific customer data other than the IP address of your device, but is used to record custom variables for segmentation. For more information read Google’s privacy policy.  
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: Google.com, nhs.uk

Name: _utmz 
Description: The _utmv cookie is part of Google analytics. It contains no specific customer data other than the IP address of your device, but is used to record Custom variables for segmentation. For more information read Google’s privacy policy
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: Google.com, nhs.uk

Name: Acookie 
Description: ACOOKIE is a Webtrends optimisation third-party cookie. NHS Choices has a third-party relationship with Webtrends which acts on its behalf. Data contained in this cookie includes visitor identifier (not personal details); which of our websites was visited; the time of last visit to one of our websites and the time of this visit. This allows us to understand how recently your device was used to access our website.
IP address is recorded if a user enters their postcode and date of birth. For more information read the Webtrends privacy policy
Lifespan: Up to two years 
Domain: *.webtrendslive.com, nhs.uk

Name: WT_FPC 
Description: WT_FPC is a Webtrends optimisation third party cookie. NHS Choices has a third party relationship with Webtrends which acts  on its behalf. The purpose of this cookie is to identify the visitor and the session to allow us to track usage of our websites so we can improve them. Data contained in the cookie includes a visitor ID which is anonymous, and the times of start and end of the visit. IP address is recorded if a user enters their postcode and date of birth. For more information read the Webtrends privacy policy
Lifespan: Up to two years 
Domain: *.webtrendslive.com, nhs.uk

Name: Videosurvey,  _tmid 
Description: Videos viewed on NHS Choices are hosted and supplied (streamed) to users by a third party company named Brightcove. A product called TubeMogul is used by Brightcove to record how much of a video is watched. It uses an anonymous tracking cookie and stores no personal data.
For more information, see the Brightcove privacy policy and the TubeMogul privacy policy
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: tubemogul.com; brightcove.com; llnwd.net

Name: PREF 
Description: NHS Choices uses Google Analytics cookies to record information about which pages you have landed on and how you have navigated through the site. This data enables us to understand:
• which pages people visit on the service
• which internet browsers are being used
• what pages or features are popular
• which interactive tools are used
The information gathered is not shared with any third party. For more information read Google’s privacy policy.  
Lifespan: Up to 2 yrs 
Domain: Google.com, nhs.uk

Name: _ga, _gat 
Description: NHS Choices uses Google Analytics cookies to record information about which pages you have landed on and how you have navigated through the site. This data enables us to understand:
• which pages people visit on the service
• which internet browsers are being used
• what pages or features are popular
• which interactive tools are used
The information gathered is not shared with any third party. Additionally, we use a Google Translate API cookie to store your translation preferences for a specific page should you choose to use the translation service on NHS Choices. For more information read Google’s privacy policy
Lifespan: Up to 2yrs 
Domain: nhs.uk, google.com

Name: DoubleClickID 
Description: Ad server tags from DoubleClick are used to understand how people engage with government digital media campaigns. This functionality allows NHS Choices to track clicks on adverts, such as the sponsored links found when you search for a subject on Google. For more information read Google’s privacy policy
Lifespan: Up to six months 
Domain: *.doubleclick.net

Name: id, b3_1d, b3_7d, mdata, gookie, OAX 
Description: Saves information on how you reach and interact with a page. The cookies can also control the display and selection of adverts on the site you came from. For example, if you've already visited a page, you may be more likely to see an advert for it. It also provides site optimisation, reporting and attribution modelling. For more information read the MIG privacy policy and the Xaxis privacy policy and learn how to opt out of this tracking 
Lifespan: Up to 13 months 
Domain: b3-uk.mookie1.com, mookie1.com, xaxis.com, themig.com

Name: NSC_xxxxxx_xxxx_xxxx 
Description: This is a pattern type cookie with the root being NSC_ and the rest of the name being a unique encrypted alpha numeric identifier for the virtual server it originated from. The cookie is used to ensure traffic and user data is routed to the correct locations where a site is hosted on multiple servers, so that the end user has a consistent experience. For more information read the MIG privacy policy and learn how to opt out of this tracking. 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: b3-uk.mookie1.com

Name: d, qoo 
Description: Ad server tags from Quantserve are used to understand how people engage with government digital media campaigns. This functionality allows NHS Choices to track clicks on adverts, such as the sponsored links found when you search for a subject on Google. Please see the Quantcast privacy policy for more information, and to learn how to opt out of this tracking. 
Lifespan: Session 
Domain: nhs.uk, Quantserve.com

Name: *.fls.doubleclick.net 
Description: Ad server tags from DoubleClick are used to understand how people engage with government digital media campaigns. This functionality allows NHS Choices to track clicks on adverts, such as the sponsored links found when you search for a subject on Google. For more information read Google’s privacy policy.  
Lifespan: Up to six months 
Domain: *.doubleclick.net

Name: healthguides.mapofmedicine.com, termsAccepted 
Description: A cookie is used to record whether or not the terms of use have been accepted for the Map of Medicine. By disabling this cookie you may not be able to use some or all of the functionality of this part of NHS Choices. For more information read the mapofmedicine.com privacy policy and to learn how to opt out of this tracking. 
Lifespan: Up to six months 
Domain: nhs.uk, healthguides.mapofmedicine.com

Page last reviewed: 29/10/2014

Next review due: 29/10/2016