Terms and Conditions

NHS Choices Forums Terms and Conditions of use

These rules and guidelines describe the community practices of NHS Choices (together referred to as 'we', 'us' 'our' or 'Company'). Registration for this message board is free, but we do expect you to observe our Community Rules and Guidelines ('Rules'), which are intended to make your use of this message board interesting and informative. So please read them carefully. We may update the Rules from time to time, so please check back here regularly. NHS Talk is strictly for users over the age of 16.

The Rules apply anytime you post something on the message board. A. You agree that you will not upload, share, post, or otherwise distribute or facilitate distribution of any content -- including communications, software, images, sounds, data, or other information, that is either:

1. Unlawful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libellous, deceptive, fraudulent, invasive of another's privacy, sexually explicit, pornographic or otherwise violates our Rules and/or the Terms of Use and Privacy Policies. While we want to encourage thought-provoking discussions, the NHS Talk is not intended to be a free forum for personal attacks on others or a forum to make disparaging remarks about any person or entity. Nothing you do should interfere with anyone else's use and enjoyment of the Web Site; or

2. That encourages, incites, solicits, promotes, or provides information about illegal or criminal activities (including pornography, terrorism, explosives, weapons, drugs, programming viruses, computer hacking and copyright infringement); or

3. That consists of content that Contains abuses, threatens, promotes, or instigates physical harm or death to others, or yourself; or

4. That promotes and/or contains the addresses of other Web sites; or

5. That victimizes, harasses, degrades, or intimidates an individual or group of individuals on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or disability; or

6. That infringes on any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other intellectual property right of any party; or

7. That constitutes unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, junk or bulk email (also known as "spamming"), chain letters, pyramid schemes, the promotion of particular stocks of shares and other financial products and services, or any other form of unauthorized solicitation, or any form of lottery or gambling; or

8. That contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs that are designed or intended to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment or to damage or obtain unauthorized access to any data or other information of any third party; or

9. That impersonates any person or entity, including any of our employees, agents, or representatives; or

10. That disrupts the normal flow of dialogue, or consists of comments not related to the topic being discussed; or

11. That is in a language other than English; or

12. That solicits personal information from another user; or

13. That, in any other manner, is deemed by us to be inappropriate to the well being of others

14. That the exchanges of third party phone numbers, mobile numbers, emails or home addresses and any other personal details is not acceptable.

B. You must be over 16 years of age to use NHS Talk.

C. For your own safety and security, you should not disclose personal information such as your password, credit card numbers, home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, mobile numbers, etc., to anyone online.

D. You understand and acknowledge that:

We don't support, nor do we assume any liability for the contents of any material uploaded or submitted by third party users to this Web Site.

We and our agents have sole discretion to remove any content that, in our judgment, fails to comply with any rules or policies governing the use of this Web Site (including the House Rules, Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, etc.), or is otherwise harmful, objectionable, or inaccurate.

We are not responsible for any failure or delay in removing such content. You will be responsible for all content that you make available on NHS Talk and, to the extent that we are notified of or become aware that you have posted content that is in breach of these Rules, we will either delete or amend it and we reserve the right to remove you from NHS Talk, temporarily or permanently, and to take any other action we consider appropriate, including legal action. You hereby consent to such removal and waive any claim against us arising out of such removal of content.

E. Remember, if you violate any of these rules, law enforcement agencies and system administrators will be able to trace your activity to a specific machine, whether or not you use a fake or real name or email address

F. You expressly understand and agree that your use of NHS Talk (including downloading of content) is at your sole risk. You further understand that by using the NHS Talk you may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. We make no warranties in respect of, nor do we guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of any content posted in NHS Talk. We expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied.

G. By posting communications on this message board, you expressly understand and agree to grant the following licenses:

(a) To the Company: A royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, transferable, nonexclusive license to use your material for any purpose we consider appropriate in any form, media, or technology whether now known or hereafter developed, and sublicense such rights through multiple tiers of sub-licensees; and

(b) To other Users of the Site: The right to access, view, store, and reproduce the communications for personal use.

H. You expressly understand and agree that neither we nor the makers of NHS Talk software shall be liable under any circumstances to you whatsoever for any loss or damage of whatever nature suffered by you in connection with your use of NHS Talk, although none of those parties excludes or limits its liability for death or personal injury resulting from its negligence or any other liability which we are not permitted by law to exclude or limit.

I. If you're found to be in violation of our Guidelines, your ability to use any or all of the services on this Web Site, may be taken away, either permanently or temporarily.

J. Your use of this Site is subject to all applicable laws and regulations, and you are solely responsible for the contents of your communications through the Site. You agree to indemnify and hold the Company and the makers of NHS Talk software, and their employees, agents and contractors, harmless against all losses, claims, demands and expenses (including the cost of defending or settling any claim or demand), whether foreseeable or unforeseeable, suffered or incurred by you directly or indirectly out of your use of NHS Talk.

About NHS Choices communities

NHS Choices communities are where people come to talk about how they manage their medical condition or help someone else to cope. That includes mums-to-be taking you through their pregnancy and weight-loss bloggers revealing how they're trying to shed a few pounds.

We've got over 20 forums and blogs for you to chat and share information. If you want to be a blogger, fill in our brief registration form and join in! To comment on existing blog posts you just need to register for an NHS Choices account.

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