Emergency services & NHS deals - Freebies & discounts during the COVID-19 crisis

If you’re a part of the Emergency Services (ambulance service, fire service, police etc.) or work for the NHS, if you’ve got valid ID, you should be able to get these discounts below.

Food & drinks

  • FeedNHS - Leon is bringing together restaurants to deliver hot meals to NHS critical care staff. Read the full article.
  • Costa coffee - All coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be free of charge to NHS workers for two weeks. They do deliveries and are present in most hospitals.
  • Caffe Nero - Free coffee, tea, or hot chocolate for anyone with a medical ID
  • Starbucks - free filter coffee - Starbucks (find your nearest) announced on Facebook it's offering free filter coffee to NHS, council, and emergency services workers when you show ID.
  • Pret - free hot drinks, 50% off everything else - Pret (find your nearest) announced on Twitter that NHS workers who show their work ID can get free hot drinks, plus 50% of everything else it sells. It did not give an end date, but is providing regular coronavirus updates via the Pret website. --> Stores temporarily closed.
  • McDonald's - free drinks - McDonald's (find your nearest) announced on its website that emergency services personnel, health and social care workers can show their work pass to get free drinks in every UK restaurant. They have closed their seating area, but drive thru and collect is still available.
  • Burger King - free drinks - Burger King (find your nearest) announced on Facebook that NHS, emergency, and social workers can show ID to get free drinks in every UK restaurant.
  • Greggs - free hot drinks - Greggs (find your nearest) announced online it's offering free drinks to emergency services personnel and health/social care workers if you show your work ID.
  • Paul bakery - Free takeaway tea and coffee for NHS workers.
  • Vita Coco - The drinks company is sending anyone who deserves it or who is vulnerable a free crate of drinks. Get one for your staff by checking their Instagram post.
  • Nando's - 50% off food - All stores are currently closed but they have said 'We will still be offering a 50% discount to all NHS workers, available across the UK for phone or walk in orders.'
  • Itsu - free hot drinks/soup, 50% off food - Itsu (find your nearest) announced on its website it's offering free hot drinks and miso soup, as well as 50% off food, to all NHS staff when you show work ID.
  • Carluccio's - free hot drinks, 50% off food - Carluccio's (find your nearest) announced on Facebook it's offering free drinks to NHS workers when you show your work ID. If you're a Blue Light card holder, you'll also be able to get 50% off food.
  • Pizza Hut - 50% off food - Pizza Hut (find your nearest) announced on Twitter it's offering 50% off food to NHS staff when you show work ID.
  • Leon - 50% off food - Leon (find your nearest) announced on Facebook it's offering 50% off food to NHS staff when you show work ID. Free deliveries to hospitals (primary care teams, it's worth emailing them) - email loveNHS@leon.co to arrange the deliveries.
  • Brewdog - 50% off beer, food, wine, spirits - Brewdog announced on Twitter it's offering 50% off food to emergency services staff when you use the code DRIVETHRUNHS or COLLECTNHS and show work ID on collection. For more information, plus how to order via an app, see the Brewdog website.
  • Domino's pizza - One of their franchises offered free pizza to NHS staff (50 stores), but they over-promised and failed to deliver. National Domino's is releasing their discounts in the coming days. Watch the Domino's Twitter account for updates.
  • Chalk Stream Foods - Free delivery and 50% off on fish for NHS staff at their online store.
  • Thomas by Tom Simmons - A Cardiff-based restaurant - is doing delivery & takeaways at 50% discount for NHS staff.

Technology & Health discounts

  • Unmind is a workplace mental health platform. We empower organisations and employees to measurably improve their mental wellbeing. They've made it available for free to 1.5 million NHS staff with an @nhs.net email address. Sign up to Unmind free.
  • Headspace is a popular meditation coaching app. They've made a 'Weathering the Storm' collection that 'includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.' It's free for everyone right now.
  • Calm is another meditation and relaxation app. They've released a collection of free, dedicated meditations to help people through the COVID-19 crisis. It's also free for everyone right now.
  • WellDoing: Free online therapy for NHS professionals.

Transport offers for NHS staff

Clothing discounts for NHS staff

  • Missguided - 40% off site-wide on Health Service Discounts or with a Blue Lights Card.

Free health & beauty products for NHS staff

  • L'Occitane - free hand cream - L'Occitane (find your nearest) announced on Twitter its offering free 30ml hand cream tubes to NHS staff when you show work ID at any UK store.
  • Gillette - free razor for some - Gillette announced on their website that they are offering free razors to NHS staff who sign up using their NHS email address. It's intended for front-line ambulance staff who need to shave to ensure respirators fit correctly.
  • WHSmith - 20% off in all hospital stores for all NHS staff

Special supermarket opening hours for NHS staff

  • Marks and Spencer - Special shopping hour for NHS and emergency service workers during the first hour of trade each Tuesday and Friday morning.
  • Tesco - From this Sunday, and every following Sunday, all Tesco stores (except Express stores) will prioritise a browsing hour before checkouts open for NHS workers.

Free hotels for NHS staff

Miscellaneous

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Ben Goodey