The health and medical information contained within this website is intended solely for the patients of this practice and should never be used as a substitute for seeking advice from your GP.
Whilst we have made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and validity of all information provided on this website, the practice does not accept responsibility for events arising from the use of the information provided. Advice offered to patients, while being as accurate and complete as possible, should not be used as a substitute for a consultation with the patient’s own doctor.
All links from this website are provided for information and convenience only. We cannot accept responsibility for sites linked to, or for the information found there. A link does not imply an endorsement of a site; likewise, not linking to a particular site does not imply lack of endorsement. This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit
3. Website Availability
We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to this website, or the sites to which it links. We accept no responsibility for any damages arising from the loss of use of this information.
4. Medical Information on the Internet
If you use the Internet for medical information then please be aware of the following points:
- Review more than one site and attempt to obtain a balanced view
- Check for the authors’ names and qualifications – anonymous information is less likely to be sourced accurately
- Uses sites that are regularly updated
- Be aware that advertising might influence the site contents – check for commercial sponsorship
- Avoid online consultations and diagnoses
- Information sourced from outside the UK might describe treatments not available here
5. Data Collection
We collect information from users who communicate with us via the website, aggregate information on which pages users access or visit, and information volunteered by the viewer (such as survey information and/or site registrations). The information we collect is used to improve the content of our product and the quality of our service.
As a data controller, the Company is required to notify the Information Commissioner’s Office that it is processing personal data. The Company is registered in the register of data controllers. Data controllers must renew their notification with the Information Commissioner’s Office on an annual basis. Failure to notify constitutes a criminal offence. Any changes to the register must be notified to the Information Commissioner’s Office within 28 days of taking place. The Designated Officer shall be responsible for notifying and updating the Information Commissioner’s Office.
6.1 The Rydal Group Practice does not set first party cookies on this website containing any personal data unless specifically instructed to do so by the user. For example, if a user chooses to hide an announcement bar or to be remembered on a form then a cookie is set to retain the form data for next time. Below is a table of the first party cookies cookies issued by this website:
|announcer-#||Persistent||Until announcement expiration date||The Rydal Group Practice sometimes displays announcements at the top of the home page. If you choose to hide the announcement, this cookie will remember until a new announcement is posted.|
|PHPSESSID||Technical||Session||This cookie is used to track your current session on our website alone. It will automatically be deleted when you close your browser.|
6.3 You may delete Cookies at any time. See the help in your internet browser to find out how to delete your cookies.
The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:
A persistent cookie – remains on a computer, unless it expires or the cookie cache is cleared. It tracks visitors. Metrics associated with the Google __utma cookie include: first visit (unique visit), last visit (returning visit).
__utmb Cookie & __utmc Cookies
These cookies work in tandem to calculate visit length. Google __utmb cookie demarks the exact arrival time, then Google __utmc registers the precise exit time of the user.
Because __utmb counts entrance visits, it is a session cookie, and expires at the end of the session, e.g. when the user leaves the page. A timestamp of 30 minutes must pass before Google cookie __utmc expires. Given__utmc cannot tell if a browser or website session ends. Therefore, if no new page view is recorded in 30 minutes the cookie is expired. This is a standard ‘grace period’ in web analytics. Ominture and WebTrends among many others follow the same procedure.
Cookie __utmz monitors the HTTP Referrer and notes where a visitor arrived from, with the referrer siloed into type (Search engine (organic or cpc), direct, social and unaccounted). From the HTTP Referrer the __utmz Cookie also registers, what keyword generated the visit plus geolocation data. This cookie lasts six months.
Google __utmv Cookie lasts “forever”. It is a persistant cookie. It is used for segmentation, data experimentation and the __utmv works hand in hand with the __utmz cookie to improve cookie targeting capabilities.
The following cookies are set by The Rydal Group Practice:
Cookie lasts “forever”. Indicates that user has acknowledged the ‘cookie information’ banner and so prevent the banner being shown again.
Cookie lasts until the next time the creating form is opened. It is created when user ticks the box to request that form data is retained for next time in the appointments or appointments cancellation forms. Prevents user having to type in all their details again.
Cookies last until the next time the no-registration verion of the prescriptions form is used. Cookies are created at request of user to retain form data for next time. Prevents user having to type in all their details again.
Cookie lasts 30 days. Records that user poll has been answered so that the poll is not displayed again.
Other cookies are used when editing or when logged on to the staff section to enable the editor to function correctly and to assist with retaining state.
7. Data Storage
This Surgery Website uses third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology required to run the website services.
The Surgery may disclose personally identifiable information under special circumstances, such as to comply with the law or when your actions violate the Terms of Service.
9. Changes to this Policy