A cookie is a small amount of data sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. It allows the website to recognise your device (your computer or mobile phone) if you return and can make using the website faster and easier.
A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is a randomly generated number. This is stored on your device’s hard drive. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website. Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your device.
Cookies make your experience of using websites faster and easier. They allow websites to create a customised view of pages to which you navigate. For example, they are commonly used to authenticate or identify registered users of a website without requiring them to sign in each time they access it. Other uses include maintaining a ‘shopping basket’ of goods a user has chosen to purchase, site personalisation (presenting different pages to different users) and tracking the pages a user has visited on a site for analysis purposes.
How to manage your cookies
Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device. To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser (just as if you were going to use the internet) and then clicking on ‘Help’ and then ‘About’. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.
Cookies used on the West London NHS Trust website
The following are cookies you may come across on this site.
- West London NHS Trust
- Domain: westlondon.nhs.uk
- Purpose: stores user preferences, and information from your visit to provide personalised content.
- Domain: google.com
- Purpose: West London NHS Trust uses Google 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 site
- which internet browsers are being used
- what is popular
- which interactive tools are used
- For more information visit Google Privacy Center: transparency and choice.
- Transport for London
- Domain: journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk
- Purpose: associated with the TFL Journey Planner tool