Cookie information

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

We use cookies to help us understand how people use our website so that we can enhance the user experience.

We and our contractors have legal obligations towards you in the way that we deal with data collected from you on this website. We keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. We do not pass on your details to any third party or government department unless you give us permission to do so, or we are obliged or permitted by law to disclose it.

You can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, or you can set it to automatically reject them. Rejecting cookies may inconvenience you when browsing our website.

We collect information from website visitors relating to:

  • online forms submitted to us
  • site usage tracking

1. Online forms or emails
If you complete one of the forms on our website (eg contact form or referral form) or email address we will only use this information for the purposes it was intended, ie to develop and improve our site or book you into a service.

2. Site usage
Like virtually all web sites, we store anonymised data on visits in server log files, which contain IP addresses of machines used to access this site, and the pages requested.

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies (small data files created on your computer) are set by Google Analytics:

Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users.
_gat 1 minute Used to throttle request rate.
_gat_cqcTracker 1 minute Used to track views of CQC widget.

We also set a cookie to record users who have opted to accept cookies from the site, to prevent showing the cookie warning bar on each visit.

Cookies are also used elsewhere on the site, including by the content management system we use, WordPress. These improve things by remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page, log in or leave a comment.

On occasion we may embed content from another websites, for example a YouTube video. when using a page with such content you may be presented with cookies from the third party website. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

See your browser ‘help’ button for how to change your cookie settings.

Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish. To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit