What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences.

When visiting our website for the first time, you will be prompted to update your cookie setting preferences for our site. These may be changed at any time by clicking on the icon shown below that appears in the bottom left hand corner of any of our website pages

Cookie Symbol on website

Our website may use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and any advertising arising out of it more relevant to your interests.


Google Analytics:

We make use of the Google Analytics service to understand how users navigate around our site. Further information on how Google Analytics uses cookies is available from the Google website.

Session cookies:

Session cookies allow users “choices” to be remembered from page to page. Some of these choices may be made by our systems – such as which of our webservers provides you with webpages – and others will relate to choices you have made on our website.

A number of other cookies are used by particular web applications to maintain, for example, a shopping basket, or similar. Rejecting these cookies will prevent you using that application, but will have no effect on the rest of the website.

Further information:

Please check the 'Help' menu of your browser to learn about your cookie preferences, and how to remove cookies from your system. You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. Please note that by disallowing cookies some functionality on the site may be restricted.

If you have any further questions please direct them to DREEAM@nuh.nhs.uk