NHS National Services Scotland [the common name for the Common Services Agency (CSA)] operates this website under the auspices of the Scottish Government Health Directorates (SGHD) to allow information on the National Health Service in Scotland to be freely available. Any information appearing on this website is issued as general information and does not constitute a warranty by the CSA or any other health organisation, nor should it be taken as advice. No responsibility can be accepted by the CSA or any other health organisation for action or inaction as a result of information contained on this website. Readers should take specific advice in respect of specific situations.
The use and access of pages of the HPS website is subject to the terms and conditions set out below and by the disclaimer above. By using or accessing this website, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
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The resources contained on the HPS website, including all files that are authorised for public and password-protected download or access, are provided on an "as is" basis and without any warranties. Although files are virus checked these cannot guarantee that files are free from computer viruses and no warranty is given that files downloaded or accessed from this website are free of computer viruses. No warranties are made as to fitness for purpose, quality or completeness of information. Health Protection Scotland excludes any liability for any errors in or omissions in information provided on or linked to from this website.
Reliability of information
Health Protection Scotland uses its best efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of information on its websites in accordance with the policies defined for Scottish Health on the Web (SHOW). However, no guarantees are made that the information contained on THIS WEBSITE or associated, or linked to websites is accurate, complete and current at any given time. Information presented on this website or associated sites may be changed at any time. The resources made available on this website are intended to assist users in Scotland in their use of the National Health Service and are for information only. This website is not intended in any way to replace the advice of your doctor. Nothing on this website is intended to constitute advice to you. Specific advice should be sought in specific situations from a properly qualified health worker. Content on this website is governed by a number of policies and guidelines. Users of this website agree to inform the SHOW service providers (email@example.com) if they should come across any material contained which they consider to be potentially in breach of any of the published SHOW policies or of any relevant legislation in order for the appropriate remedial action to be taken.
Availability of the Health Protection Scotland website
Although this website has been tested and should work correctly under normal circumstances there are many factors both within and outside of the control of Health Protection Scotland which may prevent the website from being available to users of the world-wide-web. No responsibility is accepted by Health Protection Scotland for any losses that may arise from an inability to access resources on this site. Where a user finds a specific error in the coding of a web page, or where he/she considers a page to be in breach of accessibility or other published policies of the this website, it is a condition of use of this site that the HPS Web Manager be notified in order that appropriate action may be taken.
The terms and conditions of use of the HPS website as provided by the Common Services Agency of the National Health Service in Scotland shall be governed by the laws of Scotland.
Links to third party internet sites
The provision on the NHS National Services Scotland website of a link to another website does not constitute any authorisation to access material held at that location. Links to sites are provided for informational purposes only and no responsibility is accepted for the quality of resources to be found on such websites. The contents and material made available on linked sites are completely outwith our control and as such no liability is accepted for any damages resulting from accessing or failing to access these sites. No endorsement is expressed or implied by the presence of a link on this website. The contents of a linked-to website may change without our knowledge and, as a result, links may break or may terminate on pages which were not the original targets of a link. No responsibility or liability for the privacy of personal information is accepted for linked-to websites, as these are beyond our control.
NHS National Services Scotland website is hosted by Scottish Health On the Web (SHOW). Learn more about the SHOW links policy.
Disclaimer and Terms, Conditions and Link Policy enquiries may be made in writing to:
HPS Web Manager
Health Protection Scotland
NHS National Services Scotland
5 Cadogan Street