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National discounts and priority shopping times for NHS staff

Information originally published by NHS Employers on 31 March 2020.

Information originally published by NHS Employers on 31 March 2020.

There are discounts and priority shopping times available to NHS staff to ensure they can access essential items and to say thank you for their hard work during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s important that NHS and social care workers display their NHS ID when visiting stores to gain access and/or discount.

We will continue to update and add to the list but please note that offers will be subject to change.

Priority shopping at supermarkets

Many of the major supermarkets have reserved time for NHS workers to do their shopping outside of busy periods.

  • Sainsbury’s – every day from 7.30am – 8am
  • Asda – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8am – 9am
  • Tesco – Every Sunday, priority browsing hour before checkouts open.
  • Co-operative – Monday to Saturday, 8am – 9am, Sunday, 10am – 11am.
  • Marks and Spencer – Tuesday and Friday – the first hour of opening.
  • Morrisons – Monday to Saturday, the first hour of opening.
  • Waitrose – No special hours have been announced, but a proportion of hard-to-find items will be set aside for NHS staff.
  • Iceland – Monday to Friday, final hour of trading.
  • Aldi – open 30 minutes early on Sundays for NHS, police and fire service.
  • Booths – Monday to Saturday, 7am – 8am and 8pm – 9pm (7pm – 8pm Chorley and Kendal only) Sunday, 9am – 10am (10am – 11am Media City only).

Restaurants and cafes offering discounts 

  • Uber – 300,000 rides and meals are being offered to NHS staff for free. To redeem, enter your NHS email at to receive a free trip of up to £15 and a £10 voucher to buy meals or groceries.
  • YO! Sushi – 50 per cent off all food. Get a code from the Blue Light card website or app.
  • WH Smith – 20 per cent off all food and drinks in hospital stores.
  • Hotel Chocolate – 50 per cent discount.
  • LEON – 50 per cent off takeaway food.
  • Las Iguanas – 50 per cent off at locations that remain open for takeaway plus a free drink.
  • Mindful Chef – 30 per cent discount on recipe boxes and ready meals. Email from your NHS email account to get a code.

Keep checking the NHS discounts Twitter feed for the latest national and local offers.


  • Superdrug – 20 per cent discount when using a Superdrug health and beauty card and a valid NHS ID card.

London road users

  • Charging schemes for road users in London have been suspended to ensure critical workers can travel around during the COVID-19.


  • The government is providing funding to NHS trusts to allow them to abolish parking charges for their staff. NHS trusts set car parking charges locally and many have made parking free already.
  • Local councils will also offer free car parking to all NHS workers, volunteers and social care staff. This will apply to council owned on-street spaces and council-run car parks, including pay and display. Councils are making local arrangements to ensure staff can provide evidence in their windscreen to avoid parking tickets.
  • Local businesses have also been encouraged by government to allow staff to use their spaces. Any opportunities to park at local businesses will be arranged locally.
  • Your Parking Space is offering all NHS staff free parking in 900+ car parks across the UK, take a look at the wesite to access a code.
  • NCP – free parking to all key workers who still need to travel and park during the lockdown period. No need to pre-book.
  • JustPark is encouraging people to list parking spaces as free for NHS workers, with over 5000 spaces listed so far.

Cars & bikes

  • Halfords is offering 10 point car checks (worth £15) and a free bronze bike service (worth £30) to all NHS and emergency workers during the pandemic. Staff need to show their ID card at any Halfords or Halfords Autocentres.
  • Enterprise Car Club is offering free membership (a saving of up to £60) to NHS, emergency services, NHS volunteers and the Armed Forces.


  • Transport for London is offering NHS staff free 24-hour access to Santander Cycles, including all journeys under 30 minutes. Speak to your NHS comms team to get a code.
  • Brompton Bike Hire – free 30-day foldable bike rental. Sign up to the app with the code Wheels4NHS using your NHS email account.