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These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

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  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • analysing data to help us understand how you use online services so we can improve them

Our use of cookies

Important information about this list of cookies: whilst we aim to keep this up to date this site does also use services from third parties such as YouTube (Video), Vimeo (Video) and Disquss (Social Comments) and so we cannot guarantee that we have full disclosure of cookies placed by these third parties. This site also offers the ability to share our content on Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Each of these sites has the ability to set cookies on your computer and if you would like to know more about this, please contact the relevant website to learn more about the cookies that they may use.

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This website uses a number of cookies in its day to day operations. These cookies do not contain personal data and are not disclosed to third parties or used for advertising or promotional purposes. These are as follows:

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The actual cookies contain hashed data, so you don’t have to worry about someone gleaning your username and password by reading the cookie data. A hash is the result of a specific mathematical formula applied to some input data (in this case your user name and password, respectively). It’s quite hard to reverse a hash (bordering on practical infeasibility with today’s computers). This means it is very difficult to take a hash and “unhash” it to find the original input data.

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By understanding how people use the website we can improve the content and functionality provided. This also ensures that the service is available when you want it and fast. We use a number of different methods of gathering this data, including services provided by the following companies.

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For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, see: Cookies set by Google Analytics

 

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KIMS Hospital
Newnham Court Way,
Weavering,
Maidstone,
Kent,
ME14 5FT

01622 237 500

KIMS is situated on the outskirts of Maidstone, Kent just off junction 7 of the M20 motorway.

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