What Are Cookies?

A cookie is a small file which is placed on your computer’s hard drive to help store your user preferences, login and session states, analyse web traffic or let you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to manage or disable cookies anytime through your browser settings, but if you do some parts of this site may not work properly.

 

Cookies Used On This Site

The following cookies may be set:
Cookie NameDescriptionDuration
cookie_notice_acceptedThis cookie is set if you click ‘OK’ on our cookie notification banner. Once this cookie is set, you will not see the notification again until the cookie expires or until you delete the cookie3 months
ghpheathroadnotificationThis cookie is set when you close the ‘Heath Road Surgery is now a branch of the Grove House Partnership’ banner. Once this cookie is set, you will not see the notification again until the cookie expires or until you delete the cookie3 months
PHPSESSIDTo identify your unique session on the websitesession
SESSTo ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within the site and that any information you have entered is remembered.session
_gaUsed to distinguish users for analytical purposes (see Google Analytics below).2 years
_gidUsed to distinguish users for analytical purposes (see Google Analytics below).24 hours

 

Session Cookies

Session cookies last only for the duration of your visit to our website and are deleted when you close your browser or when you navigate to a different website.

 

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to help us monitor the usage of our website. Anonymous data about your visit is collected and merged with that of other visitors so we can better understand how people use our website. This helps us to improve our site and to ensure that our website continues to meet your needs. The cookies generated by Google Analytics are: _ga, _gid, and _gat. All data used in Google Analytics is anonymised and cannot be used to identify you personally. However, you can opt-out of having your activity on the website made available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout).

 

Cookie Acceptance

If you choose to accept the cookies used on this site, an additional cookie with the name of cookie_notice_accepted will be created. Once this cookie has been generated, you will not see the advisory cookie notification banner until the cookie expires.

 

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