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Disclaimer & Privacy Statement

Disclaimer

Information published on The Ottawa Hospital Web site is provided for information and educational purposes only.

This is a Canadian Web site. Its content is intended for Canadian residents only.

This Web site does not provide medical advice
Information provided on this site is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice or to be used for diagnosis. Due to unique individual needs and medical history, please consult your own personal physician who will be able to determine the appropriateness of the information for your specific situation and will assist you in making any decisions regarding treatment and/or medication.

The Ottawa Hospital and/or its physicians shall not be liable for any damages, claims, liabilities, costs or obligations arising from the use or misuse of the material contained in this web site, whether such obligations arise in contract, negligence, equity or statute law. We do not guarantee or warrant the quality, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, appropriateness or suitability of the information provided.

Specific products, processes or services
Reference to or mention of specific products, processes or services do not constitute or imply a recommendation or endorsement by The Ottawa Hospital.

Links to other sites are provided as a reference to assist you in identifying and locating other Internet resources that may be of interest. Please remember that Internet resources are no substitute for the advice of a qualified health-care practitioner. We do not assume responsibility for the accuracy or appropriateness of the information contained in other sites, nor do we endorse the viewpoints expressed in other sites.

Privacy

The Ottawa Hospital is committed to ensuring that the health information of our patients is treated with respect and safeguarded to ensure privacy.

Personal information sent via email – Should you choose to provide personal information through email or other means, the information will only be used for the specific purposes for which it has been provided (e.g. to respond to a specific request, application for employment).

Server Logs – We strive to improve the access, design and functionality of our Web site so that you are able to find the information you are seeking easily and quickly. In order to do this, we need to determine what information visitors access most frequently, and we may do this by tracking statistics such as IP address, browser type, domain name, access times and referring Web site addresses. These statistics are used to improve our Web site and ensure that it provides an optimal Web experience for visitors.

When you come onto our site, the site will check to determine which browser you are using (i.e. Internet Explorer, Netscape) so that you are provided with the proper style sheet for that browser so that you may best view our site. We do not link server log information to any other data in a way that would enable us to identify individual visitors.

External Web site links – This site contains links to external or third-party Web sites. The Ottawa Hospital is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any third-party Web site.

Information Privacy complaints can also be directed to Ontario ‘s Information Privacy Commissioner at 2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400 Toronto, Ontario , M4W 1A8 , or by calling 1-800-387-0073.

Cookies

The Ottawa Hospital website uses “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed in your web browser’s memory by a web server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or to deliver malicious software to your computer.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if now or in the future you personalize pages on the Ottawa Hospital website, or register for Ottawa Hospital website services, a cookie helps the site recall your specific information on subsequent visits.

This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the website on another occasion, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customized.

The Ottawa Hospital may also occasionally utilize cookies to facilitate the hospital’s patient care, research or other charitable initiatives, but accepting or declining cookies is up to you. Most web browsers (including Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, Safari and Opera) are usually set to accept cookies by default, but you can easily modify your settings to decline them if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of this website or other sites you may visit.

Copyright and Use of Content

All information on The Ottawa Hospital Web site is copyrighted by The Ottawa Hospital or by other contributors. As a visitor to this site, you are granted a limited license to display or print the information provided for personal, non-commercial use only, provided the information is not modified and all copyright and other proprietary notices are retained. None of the information may be otherwise reproduced, republished or re-disseminated in any manner or form without the prior written permission of an authorized representative of The Ottawa Hospital.

By using our website you agree to the policies and terms outlined in this Statement, and you consent to our use of cookies as outlined in this Statement.

Updates

We will revise this statement as needed