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Content on this website is the copyright of Bedford Hospital NHS Trust unless otherwise stated. Where copyright applies, visitors to the site can download material for private research, study or in-house use only. This is subject to material being reproduced accurately andnot used in a misleading context. Any other use of copyright material requires the formal permission of Bedford Hospital NHS Trust. Visitors must not copy, distribute, or publish any material from this website.

Permission to reproduce Bedford Hospital NHS Trust copyright material does not extend to any material on this site which is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

Information specifically for patients and families has been reviewed for accuracy, but we hold no responsibility for alterations made thereafter without our consent and do not assume liability or give any warranty of any kind for the information and data contained or omitted or for any diagnosis, treatment, action or inaction made in reliance thereon. Specific advice should be taken in respect of specific situations.


We take care to ensure that the information contained in this website is accurate, complete and kept up-to-date. However, knowledge is constantly changing and we cannot guarantee that all of the information is accurate and consistent with current NHS practice.


We cannot guarantee uninterrupted access to this website, or the sites to which it links. We accept no responsibility for any damages arising from the loss of use of this information.


Links from this site to other websites are provided for information and convenience only. We cannot accept responsibility for the sites linked to, or the information found there. A link does not imply an endorsement of a site; likewise, not linking to a particular site does not imply lack of endorsement.

Use of the site

Any communication system on this web site must not be used to communicate abusive messages, or to spread sexist, racist or obscene material. Users connecting to this web site must not attempt to impair the running of the site or corrupt any of its content.

Privacy Statement & Cookie Information

The NHS is committed to the privacy of individuals using this website. The site does not collect any personal information about those using this site, however we do use cookies to analyse the server log files which contain details of the Internet address (IP address) of computers using the site, pages looked at, the times of day and the type of web browser used. None of this information is linked to individuals. Below is a list of the cookies we use to gather this information.

Cookie Name Purpose 1st/3rd If 3rd, what’s the address? Persistent/Non Persistent More Information Expires
ASPESSIONID Identifies requests from users to provide specific information 1st n/a Persistent A random session ID is created for each new visitor. Functionality, maintaining account details and preferences are remember by a session cookie. 1 Year
_UTMZ Google Analytics’s – tracks users information 1st n/a Persistent Extracts the following information – where the visitor has come from, what search engine they used, what links they clicked on, what key word they used and where in the world they accessed the site. 6 months
_UTMA Google Analytics’s – tracks the number of visits the user makes to the site 1st n/a Persistent Keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site. 2 years
_UTMC Google Analytics’s – tracks when the user leaves the site 1st n/a Non – Persistent Works with _UTMB to determine how long a visitor spends on the site End of Session
_UTMB Google Analytics’s – tracks when the user enters the site 1st n/a Non – Persistent Works with _UTMC to determine how long a visitor spends on the site End of

All feedback to the site made via the feedback form is treated in the strictest confidence.

Managing Cookies: – Disabling

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Mobiles: – Disabling

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What happens if you disable cookies from our site?

Preventing cookies is likely to impact the functionality or performance of our website and could stop you from using certain services provided through it.

If you choose to disable cookies, we cannot guarantee how the operation of our website will perform during your visit. It will also affect our ability to improve our website, making changes to user preferences.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or other device used to access the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise the device you are using. We use cookies for a variety of reasons, such as to determine preferences, let users navigate between pages efficiently, verify the user and other functions

More information about cookies can be found on allaboutcookies.org