Updated: Mar 30, 2020
As everyone from my mother-in-law to the soon-to-not-be royals Harry and Meghan keep saying, "These are unprecedented times".
And with unprecedented times comes an unusual outpouring of support for NHS staff from the general public ands companies across the board.
Keep an eye on these blog pages, where I will be doing my best to keep up to date with the most recent deals and offers intended to help smooth over rough days ahead...
Here are some of the most recent
Cochrane will be offering temporary unrestricted access to the Cochrane Library to every one in the world.
They have also made two special collections:
1. Infection Control and Prevention Measures https://www.cochranelibrary.com/collections/doi/SC000040/full
2. Evidence relevent to critical care: https://www.cochrancelibrary.com/collections/doi/SC000039/full
NCP Free parking for all NHS staff at select NCT carparks by booking online at www.ncp.co.uk up to an hour before you need to part and use the code NHSFREE
Your Parking Space - get free car parking with a code at www.yourparkingspace.co.uk/nhs-parking
Council Car parks/ on street pay and display bays/ shared use bays in residents parking zones/ residents' parking - PARK FOR FREE by showing a photocopy of your work pass with sensitive info removed or a letter of evidence from your employer in your windscreen
Health and Wellbeing
Audible - free audiobooks. Simply visit stories.audible.com from any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.
Headspace are offering their subscription for free to all NHS staff until the end of the year! You can find our more here https://work.headspace.com/nhs-clinical/member-enroll
Calm are offering access to a selection of their resources to help with the anxiety and uncertainty brought by COVID-19. Check out their page on https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath?utm_source=lifecycle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=difficult_times_nonsubs_031720
Down Dog Yoga is an app-based yoga/barre/HIIT class and during the COVID outbreak, they're making it free until April 1st www.downdogapp.com
Unmind The app offers interactive content focused on topics such as how to improve focus and talk to someone. This content is based on research in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), positive psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness. To gain access, staff can visit:nhs.unmind.com/signup, and use their NHS email address.
Tenpercent mindfulness app - free access
Puriton are now offering 50% off 500g bags for NHS staff until the end of April with free UK shipping. To take them up on their offer email firstname.lastname@example.org
Food and Drink
Pret are offering free hot drinks and 50% off everything else when yous how your NHS ID until 31st March. Full details at https://www.pret.co.uk/en-gb/nhs-staff-offer
McDonalds are offering free hot drinks on presentation of your ID. Full details at https://www.mcdonalds.com/gb/en-gb/newsroom/article/News.covid_19_updates.html
Boston Tea Party are offering 50% off and a free, reusable cup for NHS staff. https://www.instagram.com/p/B94MaHBAthf/
Leon have tweeted to say that they're increasing their NHS discount to 50% off, but their website hasn't caught up with this yet... https://twitter.com/leonrestaurants
Itsu are offering free miso, hot drinks and 50% discounts with NHS workers https://www.itsu.com/covid-19/
Brewdog Drive Thru is offering 50% off all food orders, with a code from their website and your NHS card - see https://www.brewdog.com/uk/drivethru
The Athenian (in Bristol and London) is also offering 50% off. https://www.theathenian.co.uk/find-us
Blake's Kitchen in the Cotswolds is offering, yep - you guessed it - 50% off takeaway food and hot drinks for NHS staff too! https://www.blakeskitchen.com
Carluccio's - 50% off food and drinks to takeaway.
The amazing Wilson's restaurant in Bristol is also offering a limited takeaway service in return for donations during the outbreak, and NHS staff are welcome to make use with little or no donation. https://www.wilsonsbristol.co.uk
Nandos – 50% off!! https://www.instagram.com/p/B97BkEslKNh/
Pizza Hut - 50% off takeaway with your NHS card
Pizzarova (Bristol) – this offer appeared on their Instagram story - free pizza on takeaway / collection – remember your ID and let them know when ordering
Cafe Rouge – 25% off bill via blue light discount https://www.caferouge.com/bluelight-dds-discount
Burger king – free drinks for all NHS staff, remember that ID. https://www.instagram.com/p/B94paKUloJV/
Starbucks – free filter coffee https://www.instagram.com/p/B968vnOnuZb/
Gregg’s – you guessed it... free hot drinks https://www.instagram.com/p/B96c4nMp4BV/
Hotel Chocolat - 50% off in stores with your ID badge
Mindful Chef recipe box - 30% off
Las Iguanas - 40% off takeway food and a free can of coke (they know us so well)
Cafe Napolita - 50% off collections ordered over the phone 01173121730 and a free hot drink.
Other food outlets with offers include, Dominos (offers varying between stores, so check locally), Gourmet Burger King (15% off), Subway (10% off), Tortilla (10% off), Frankie and Benny’s (20% off)
L’occitane – keep those very well washed hands soft - a free 30ml hand lotion on presentation of ID https://www.instagram.com/p/B96vXzInaOG/
Gillette – acknowledging the huge sacrifice of the beard by our male colleagues, Gillette have stepped in to soften the blow. A free razor with your NHS email. Redeem offer here: https://www.gillette.co.uk/nhsfrontline.list
Halfords – free full car check for all NHS staff – https://www.halfords.com/motoring/batteries/car-batteries/full-winter-car-check-315006.html
Marks and Spencer’s – Setting aside the first hour of trading for NHS workers on Tuesdays and Fridays. See the special opening hours section here - https://www.marksandspencer.com/c/help/covid-19
Tesco – NHS staff can browse Tesco stores every Sunday one hour before checkouts open - this means times may change between stores; remember your ID
ASDA - prioritising access to stores for NHS workers every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am-9am.
Morrison's - 7am-8am Monday- Saturday, a Morrisons staff member will be at the door of each store to let staff with an NHS badge in
Coop - "prioritising" NHS workers during the hours of 8am to 9am Monday – Saturday and 10am to 11am on Sundays in all stores, but the public will still be allowed in too...
Sainsburys - protected NHS shopping time 0730-0800 monday- saturday - remember your ID
WHSmith – 20% off all hospital stores https://twitter.com/WHSmith/status/1240281742659006465?s=20
Blue Light Card – Sign up to blue light card (it’s free) to unlock more offers
Need to talk?
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