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The ScotPHO collaboration does its best to ensure the accuracy and reliability of information on this website. However, no guarantees are made that the information contained on this website, or on associated or linked-to websites, is accurate, complete and current at any given time. Information presented on this, or on associated or linked-to websites, may be changed at any time. The resources made available on this website are intended to assist users in understanding public health in Scotland 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 ScotPHO collaboration if they should come across any material on this website which they consider to be potentially in breach of any of the published ScotPHO policies, or any relevant legislation, in order for the appropriate remedial action to be taken.

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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 the ScotPHO collaboration which may prevent the website from being available to users of the world wide web. No responsibility is accepted by the ScotPHO collaboration 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 ScotPHO website, it is a condition of use of this site that the ScotPHO collaborationThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it be notified in order that appropriate action may be taken.

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If you follow ScotPHO we will not automatically follow you back. Being followed or retweeted by ScotPHO does not imply our endorsement or agreement of any kind. We will monitor and update our Twitter account during office hours Monday to Friday only (excluding public holidays). Twitter may occasionally be unavailable and we accept no responsibility for lack of service due to Twitter downtime.

We welcome feedback and ideas from our Twitter followers. We will endeavour to read all tweet replies and ScotPHO mentions, and will ensure that any emerging themes or helpful suggestions are given due consideration. However, we will not necessarily reply individually to every tweet reply or mention we receive. All direct messages received via Twitter will be read, actioned and replied to as appropriate. See our Contact us web page for our contact details for official correspondence, general enquiries and information requests.


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