Privacy and Cookies

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Privacy of your information
Solent Medical Services uses personal and confidential information for a number of purposes. Our Privacy notice provides a summary of how we use your information.  Please also see our Freedom of Information statement.


Website privacy and cookies policy statement
Information on this page explains our website privacy and cookies policy and how we will use and protect any information about you that you give us when you visit this website.


This privacy statement only covers the Solent Medical Services website www.solentmedicalservices.co.uk.  It does not cover all sites that can be linked to from this site, so you should always be aware when you are moving to another site and read the privacy statement on that site.

What information do we collect?
From time to time, you will be asked to submit personal information about yourself (e.g. name and email address) in order to receive or use services on our website. Such services include bulletins, email updates and website feedback.


By entering your details in the fields requested, you enable Solent Medical Services and its service providers to provide you with the services you select. Any information you provide to Solent Medical Services will only be used by us and where relevant, our agents and service providers and will not be disclosed unless we are obliged or permitted to do so by law.

If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour anywhere on our website, we may use whatever information is available to us, about you, to stop such behaviour. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as you use the service you have requested and remove it in the event that the purpose has been met or when you no longer wish to continue interacting with us via our website.

The Data Protection Legislation
Under the Data Protection Legislation, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We use leading technologies and encryption software to safeguard your data and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it. We do not pass on your details to any third party unless we state this clearly within this notice.


Security
This site has security measures in place to protect the loss and alteration of information under our control.


Use of cookies
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.


These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
1.    Enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task.
2.    Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested.
3.    Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast.


You can manage these small files yourself through your browser setting.

Please note that the cookie providers listed below may distribute the gathered cookie information with other third-party websites for the purpose of activity tracking. You can find out more about the policy of each cookie provider on their respective privacy pages.

Current cookies
We do not use cookies to remember you, to target ads or for marketing purposes.  Solent Medical Services only uses cookies for analytical purposes - internal purposes to help us to monitor the functionality and stability of the website and she analytics relating to the volume of visits to each page.  We do not collect IP addresses. Information supplied by cookies is totally anonymous and helps us to understand how our visitors use this website so that we can improve how we present our content to you.

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. If you prefer, it is possible to block cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set.

How to control and delete cookies
We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.


However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.


If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
To opt-out of third parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

How do we store, use, share and disclose your personal information?
Our website is hosted on the Wix.com platform. Your data may be stored through Wix.com’s data storage, databases and the general Wix.com applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall.  When you submit a form through the Contact Us page on our website we reply from a secure email account. 

Privacy Notice Updates
We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it. 


Contact us
If you have any questions about these terms and conditions or the practices of this website, please email us at solent.medical-information@nhs.net