About Cookies

Cookies are used by web sites to help in web site performance, user navigation, personalisation and functionality. A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device and it contains an identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.

Cookies will exist on the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the site (‘third party cookies’).

Cookies on our web site come in two types a Session cookie will operate while you are on the site, a Persistent cookie will be used to remember settings for repeat visits.

Our web site will operate if you choose not to accept cookies, but some functionality may be reduced and the web site will treat you as a new user every time you visit.


Managing Cookies on our site

You can block cookies or delete cookies that have already been set through your web Browser.

You can set your Web browser to block cookies or to tell you when cookies are sent to it. Or you can delete cookies already on your Browser. The web site, has information on how to do this for most common Browsers.

You can choose not to accept cookies when you access the Musgrove Park Hospital web site. Please remember that you will not be able to access all functionality if you choose to disable cookies.


Cookies we use

A list of the types of cookies we use and why we use them are listed below. We don’t disclose the information collected by cookies, except where required by law.


Google Analytic Cookies

You can read more about Google Analytics from Google 

 Cookie Name  Expire Time  Description
 _ga  2 years Used to distinguish users
 _utma  2 years from set up date Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
 _utmb  30 minutes from set up date Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
 _utmz  6 months from set up date Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.
 _utmv  2 years from set up date Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.


Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust Web Site Cookies


 Cookie Name  Expire Time  Description
 ACM page tracker  2 years  Used to distinguish users