Cookies being used on our site

How we use cookies

Our website uses cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we place on your computer or mobile device if you agree. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allow us to improve our website.

Cookies may be set either by the website (first party cookies), or by a third party website (third party cookies). First party cookies are commonly used for the functionality of the site. This doesn't imply that these cookies are allowed by EU law. There are 7 First Party cookies used by this site, and 0 Third Party.

The tables below identify the cookies we use and explain the purposes for which they are used:

Cookie Name Run By Type Lifespan
urgent-health-uk_cookiecontrol Drupal Persistent 90 days
ccShowCookieIcon Drupal Persistent 90 days
has_js Drupal Necessary End of session
sc_is_visitor_unique StatCounter Statistics 2 years
_gid Google Universal Analytics Statistics 24 hours
_ga Google Universal Analytics Statistics 2 years
_gat Google Universal Analytics Statistics 10 minutes


This website is run on the Drupal content management system (CMS). Drupal sets some cookies in order to improve the user experience and assist in the delivery of the site (e.g. to test whether a user has JavaScript enabled.)

The following cookies are set by Drupal on this site:

  • urgent-health-uk_cookiecontrol - Records the fact that you as a user have agreed to accept cookies from this site
  • ccShowCookieIcon - Records whether or not to show the Cookie Control icon
  • has_js - Most commonly associated with the Drupal content management system. Drupal uses this cookie to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript enabled.

Please note that the only cookie that is set before you consent to cookies is the has_js cookie. It is not currently possible for the site to function without setting this cookie.

Google Universal Analytics

Google Analytics is a simple, easy-to-use tool that helps website owners measure how users interact with website content. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides website owners JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page a user has seen, for example the URL of the page. The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to "remember" what a user has done on previous pages / interactions with the website.

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The following cookies are used on the site:

  • _gid - This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. It stores and updates a unique value for each page visited.
  • _ga - This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
  • _gat - This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.


If you visit a site that is using the StatCounter Analytics service, the following cookies will usually be set on your computer. For more information, visit the StatCounter website.

The following cookie is used on the site:

  • sc_is_visitor_unique - This cookie is set by the website that you visit. When it is first set, a random id is generated and stored in the cookie in order to avoid counting you as a visitor more than once (e.g. if you are on a mobile device and your IP address changes while you browse). Similarly to the is_unique cookie, this cookie also stores a count of your returning visits.