Privacy and cookies

NHS National Services Scotland fully respects your right to privacy when using our website. On this page you will find details of our privacy practices in connection with this website and what we do to maintain your right to privacy.

Data protection

Any personal information which you supply to Health Protection Scotland, NHS National Services Scotland, will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in strict accordance with the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Health Protection Scotland, through its parent body NHS National Services Scotland (NHS NSS) is registered under the legal name Common Services Agency for NHS in Scotland. NHS NSS has an entry in the Information Commissioner's Register of Data Controllers (accessible from the Information Commissioner's website) which lists the types of personal information we process, our purposes for processing the information and the people and organisations with whom we share personal information.

Further information on data protection in the NHS NSS can be found on the NHS NSS website.

Collection of personal information through website

NHS National Services Scotland, does not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information that you volunteer, either by emailing us or by submission using the online registration and enquiry forms.

Use of personal information collected via this website

Any information, which you provide via this website is not made available to any third parties. Any information provided would only be used by NHS National Services Scotland for the purpose of processing your information requests.

Collection and use of technical information

Technical details in connection with visits to this website are logged, collected and used by our website host, Scottish Health on the Web (SHOW).

NHS National Services Scotland will make no attempt to identify individual users. You should be aware, however, that access to web pages will generally create log file entries in the systems of your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or network services provider. These entities may identify the client computer equipment used to access a page. Such monitoring would be done by the provider of network services and is outwith the responsibility or control of NHS National Services Scotland.

Log files are maintained and analysed of all requests for files on NSS servers. Aggregated analyses of these log files are used to monitor website usage. These analyses are used to allow us to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of our websites. All log file information collected by NSS is kept secure and is not provided to any third parties.

For more detailed guidance, read Scottish Health On the Web's privacy policy.


Use of cookies

Due to changes in EU legislation, which came into force on 26 May 2012, we need to inform you about cookies we store on your device.

To allow us to meet the legislation we have implemented an 'implied consent' solution. You will have seen a bar across the top of the site informing you that cookies are used, and inviting you to acknowledge the message by clicking 'OK'. You do not need to click OK and the site will continue to function as expected. If you click OK the information bar will be removed on all pages and on subsequent visits to this site.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience. This website sets a number of Google Analytics cookies. The purpose of these is described below.

This website is compliant with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) Guidance on the rules on use of cookies and similar technologies and the related Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.

For additional information on cookies please see the Information Commissioner's Office.

All the cookies we set on this site are deemed to be minimally intrusive in terms of your privacy. By continuing to use this site you imply that you consent to these cookies being set.

Compliance cookies

This is a small cookie used to store your cookie preferences.

Analytics cookies

We use the Google Analytics service on this website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google undertakes not to associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You can opt out of Google analytics cookies.

More information about cookies, including how to block them or delete them, can be found at

Cookies used by this website

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Read more on Google Analytics cookie usage on websites 

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This cookie saves the user's acknowledgement of the cookie message displayed at the bottom of the page. This means that the message will be hidden on subsequent visits to the site.


Privacy and data protection enquiries relating to this website may be made in writing to:

HPS Web Manager
Health Protection Scotland
NHS National Services Scotland
Meridian Court
5 Cadogan Street
G2 6QE