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Cookies policy

York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's (Trust), website uses cookies to optimise users’ experience on the site.  A cookie is a small text file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. They are used to improve the performance of the website and the services you receive. For example, cookies may be used to:

  • enable the site to recognise your device so you do not need to give the same information repeatedly
  • recognise 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
  • measure how many people are using the services we provide, so we can make them easier and faster to use
  • analyse data, anonymously, so that we can improve our site to according to users’ needs and preferences

The cookies used by this website do not contain any of your personal information and they can not be used to identify you personally.  Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using the website.  You can choose to reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent if you wish.  However, it is important to be aware that some website features or services may not function properly without cookies.

If you continue without changing your settings, we will accept your consent to receive these cookies from the Trust's website. However, if you wish to change your privacy settings at any time, instructions and guidance on how to remove cookies from your device, or how to block individual cookies from being received, can be found at

Types of cookies

Below are details of cookies you may encounter while visiting this website, including 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.  Click here to manage your browser setting to remove or control cookies.

Session cookie

  • Lifespan: Session
  • Purpose: This cookie is set to ensure the user does not have any disruption to their user experience while accessing This cookie holds no personal information, it helps us provide our users with an uninterrupted journey through the website.
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Google Analytics

  • Names: _utma, _utmb, _utam, _utmc, _utmz
  • Lifespan: Up to six months
  • Purpose: The Trust uses Google Analytics, a third party website analytics service, to evaluate which pages people visit, which parts of the site are most popular, which internet browsers and interactive tools are being used. This data helps us to understand visitor requirements more fully so that we can develop the site according to user needs and preferences. The information gathered is not shared with any other third party.  For more information, read Google’s privacy policy or click here to download the ‘Opt-out Browser Add-on tool
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