Privacy notice

How we use your information

1. Who we are

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT) became an NHS Foundation Trust in July 2013. WSHFT incorporates St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea, and Worthing Hospital. The three hospitals have come together to deliver excellent, safe and sustainable health services for local people.


2. Website privacy statement

WSHFT is committed to protecting your privacy, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and will not use any information we may hold about you for any purpose other than that for which it was collected.

WSHFT does not automatically capture or store personal information through our websites except in the cases outlined below. Under no circumstances is your data used for anything other than the purpose for which it has been collected.

This privacy policy only covers www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk. Other sites will have their own privacy policies and we cannot be held responsible or liable for how they may use your data.

At certain times you may be asked to fill in information about yourself on the site, e.g. when filling in a form. This information will only be used for the purpose stated in each case. WSHFT will not distribute personal information collected in this way to any third party, other than in limited cases where it is bound by law to do so.

WSHFT may analyse statistical trends based on responses to forms etc. to help to improve services; however, this analysis will not include identifiable personal information.

Although WSHFT will always treat the information you provide with the strictest confidence, we cannot guarantee the security of the World Wide Web. It is possible, though very unlikely, that someone other than WSHFT could access and read information sent to us in this way. If you feel concerned about this, please use another form of contact, e.g. telephone or post. 


3. Full information about WSHFT’s use of your medical information 

In addition to the uses made of information about you from your use of this website, there is a full statement regarding WSHFT’s use of your information for clinical purposes here. 


4. Cookies

WSHFT uses cookies to help understand how people use this website and to enhance their experience of it by, for example, capturing which pages are most popular, how long people spend on each page and what links they use to access the information they are seeking.

WSHFT may also use cookies to enable the website to ‘remember’ details that you voluntarily give, such as when you complete online forms, so that you do not have to repeat the information next time you use the website.

On occasion WSHFT may embed content from another website, for example a YouTube video. Using a page with such content you may be presented with cookies from the third-party website. WSHFT does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third-party websites for more information about these.

You can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, or you can set it to automatically reject them. Rejecting cookies may inconvenience you in browsing our website. 


5. Patient information leaflets

While the information contained in our patient information leaflets has been written and checked by our clinical teams, they are intended to complement the advice of professional healthcare staff only. They should not be used without appropriate medical advice.

Procedures should only be undertaken by healthcare professionals and WSHFT will not be liable for injury, loss or financial impairment as a result of actions taken by individuals after reading the materials.

Care has been taken to describe the treatments in a sensitive manner. Due to their nature you may find some of the content distressing.

If you have any questions, please contact your GP or consultant. NHS 111 also provides a wealth of health information.

Most information available is in Adobe PDF format and you will need Adobe Acrobat to view it. 


6. Copyright

All material on this website, including text, graphics and photographs, is copyright of WSHFT unless otherwise stated.

Text and graphics may be freely reproduced for the purpose of personal, educational or private research use. However, all text and graphics, including photographs and the WSHFT logo, contained in the website are not authorised for any purposes unless permission is first obtained from WSHFT.

WSHFT maintains this website and is committed to the highest standards of information quality. While every attempt has been made to provide up to date and accurate information, WSHFT gives no warranty, either expressed or implied, as to the accuracy of the information on this website.

Neither does it confirm that that the site will be uninterrupted or error free, or that defects will be corrected. Similarly, confirmation cannot be given that the site is free of computer viruses. As a result, WSHFT accepts no liability for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of patients, staff and/or members of the public using the site.


7. External links

WSHFT provides links from this website to other sites to provide you with additional information but cannot guarantee that such links will always work, and makes no representations as to the quality or accuracy of these sites. WSHFT does not endorse any external sites and is not responsible for their content. 


8. Website maintenance

This website is maintained by the communications team at WSHFT.

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