Cookies Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files sent by a website’s server and stored on your computer’s web browser or mobile device. Use of cookies is common practice, many websites use them and most internet browsers automatically accept cookies.

What are cookies used for?

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. An example is when a browser stores your passwords and user ID’s.

Google Analytics tracking uses cookies in order to provide meaningful reports about a website’s visitors. However, Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data about any visitors.

Can I control my cookies?

You can use your web browser to:

– delete all cookies
– block all cookies
– allow all cookies
– block third-party cookies
– clear all cookies when you close the browser
– open a ‘private browsing’ session
– install add-ons and plug-ins to extend broswer functionality

You need to be aware that if you choose to block cookies from your browser it may cause you to lose some of the functions of the websites you visit.

Find information about controlling cookies on:

Internet Explorer

To find out more about cookies visit the and

To find out more about the new cookies legislation visit the Information Commissioners Office.

Our use of cookies

Cookie Name Cookie Purpose Expiry Date
Strictly Necessary Cookies
hcp_check Stores if the user has confirmed they are a Healthcare Professional. 1 year
_lscache_vary Provide the prevention of cached pages. 2 days
aviaCookieConsent Set if you accept cookies. 1 year
aviaPrivacyRefuseCookiesHideBar Prevents the cookie notice appearing if you refuse cookies. 1 year
aviaPrivacyEssentialCookiesEnabled Set if essential cookies are enabled. 1 year
aviaPrivacyMustOptInSetting Ensures cookies must be opted in to. 1 year
aviaPrivacyGoogleTrackingDisabled Prevents Google analytics. 1 year
Performance Cookies
_ga Google Analytics – used to identify unique users and expires after two years. 2 years
_gat Google Analytics – used to throttle the request rate, and it expires after one minute 1 minute
_gid Google Analytics – used to identify the user and expires in 24 hours. 24 hours

Links to external Privacy Policies

More information on the cookies set by Google Analytics.

We are providing this information to you as part of our policy to comply with recent changes to the law relating to the use of cookies and other information storage technology operating on websites.