During this difficult time and with everyone working so hard, we know that our staff need more support now than ever. That's why we have compiled the below lists of all the new local discounts to help ease the financial pressures, and all of the support available to help cope with the added stress.


Get the following benefits when you take your NHS badge into store. All supermarkets are also operating on reduced opening times, so check with your local store for further opening hours.

  • M&S food are giving the first hour of opening to NHS workers on a Tuesday and Friday

  • Tesco will be opening 09:00 - 10:00 on Sunday for NHS workers

  • Sainsbury’s are opening 08:00 - 09:00 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for NHS and social care workers alongside elderly and vulnerable customers

  • ASDA are opening 08:00 - 09:00 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for NHS staff.

  • Waitrose are setting aside essential products for NHS staff, which you'll be able to ask for when you present your NHS card. They're also giving priority at checkout to NHS staff.

  • Morrisons are opening an hour earlier Monday - Saturday for NHS staff.

  • Iceland are reserving the final trading hour Monday - Saturday for NHS staff.

  • Co-op are open 08:00 - 09:00 from Monday to Saturday and 10:00 - 11:00 on Sunday for NHS staff and vulnerable people and their carers.

  • Lidl are donating fresh fruit and vegetable bags to hospital sites across the country, and into the hands of frontline health workers.

  • Aldi are opening 30 mins early on Sundays for NHS, Police and Fire staff.

  • Seed n Sprout in Kemptown are prioritising supplies to NHS staff, the elderly and the vulnerable.

  • Elite Fine Foods are offering free delivery with priority of goods to NHS staff for orders over £50, just say you are NHS staff at the checkout.  If staff collect the company will also be giving away food freebies (this will vary subject to availability).

  • Acorn If staff are stuck at home self-isolating or shielding, they can fill in the form here and Acorn volunteers will assist with food deliveries to your doorstep.


  • NHS hospital car parks are free for NHS and social care workers at all hospitals.

  • Buzz Bingo are providing free parking for all NHS staff until the 17th July.

  • Brighton Marina are providing free parking for all NHS staff until the 30th June.

  • The Birch Hotel car park in Hayward's Heath is free for all NHS staff to use until the 4th July.

  • Brighton Racecourse is open again for permit holders only.

  • Ola are offering 50% off (up to £7 off) on up to 10 ride-shares until Tuesday 7th April.

  • Evans Cycles are offering free bike health checks for key workers due to the corona virus crisis. Staff just need to show their NHS ID at any of the Evans Cycles stores. This is will be for the foreseeable future.

  • Veygo Insurance are offering NHS staff a 75% refund on their Veygo temporary insurance policies. If staff need to borrow a car or buy a temporary insurance policy on their own car from Veygo, they should email contact@veygo.com with a photo of thier NHS badge. A member of the Veygo team will verify the request and process the refund within 72 hours. To find out more information click here.

  • Council Parking all bays and car parks owned by Brighton and Hove City Council are now free for NHS staff. You will need to complete, print and display this parking passguidance for which can be found here.

  • Uber are offering free rides for NHS staff, for details on how to claim click here.

  • BTN BikeShare is being made available for free to NHS staff working in Brighton & Hove during the coronavirus pandemic.Eligible NHS workers should contact their site travel coordinator for information on how to take up this offer and for more Information, click here.

  • AA If you work for the NHS and you break down travelling between home and work, call AA 24/7 on the dedicated NHS number 0800 072 5064. Just show your NHS badge to the patrol when they arrive.

To find out about other discounts and benefits available for staff, visit the

NHS England discounts page. You can also visit our Financial Wellbeing & Discounts page or visit/sign up to the My Trust Benefits website.


Get the following discounts and offers buy showing your NHS ID badge when you visit any of the below cafes and restaurants.

  • Uber Eats are offering free meals for NHS staff, for details on how to claim click here.

  • ASOS - 20% off

  • Krapow - 50% off

  • Mindful chef recipe box - 30% off

  • Yard Sale Pizza - 25% for delivery

  • Firezza - 50% off

  • Las Iguanas - 50% off takeway food and a free can of coke

  • The Lebanese Bakery - 10% off deliveroo orders

  • Pizza Face - £5 pizza for NHS staff

  • byChloe - 10% off deliveroo orders

  • LEON - 50% off takeaway

  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen - 15% off

  • WHSmith - Stores in hospitals offering 20% off food and drink

  • Pizza Hut - 50% off collection and takeaway

  • Costa - Stores in hospitals are offering free canned coffee drinks to staff.

  • Gillette 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.

  • Soho Soaps - 20% off

  • Mindful Chef - 30% off healthy recipe boxes for all NHS staff, simply email hello@mindfulchef.com from your NHS email.

  • Zoom - 10% off for NHS staff using code 10CLAPNHS at the checkout.

  • POD - Elevate your day are offering BSUH staff a 20 minute POD massage for just £10. To find out more information and how to claim this, click here.

  • Accord Legal Services are offering a free, bespoke Will writing service for NHS staff.

  • Cleveland Arms are offering 15% off their Sunday roasts collection menu when you order before Saturday. To view their menu click here

  • Hilton Brighton Metropole are offering all NHS staff up to 25% off their getaways. If you need to update your plans, they've included extra flexibility with free early departure, early check-in and late check-out where available. You must be a Hilton Honors member but you can join for free when you book. Proper ID will be checked upon arrival.

  • Blue Orchid Hotels are offering up to 50% discount for BSUH staff. To find our more information click here.

  • The Float Spa in Hove are offering acupuncture treatments to any NHS staff in the Brighton & Hove area who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.. To find our more information click here.

  • North Street Hair: Click here to view discounted prices

  • Lavender Rooms are offering BSUH staff 10% discount with code BSUH10 or show your ID badge in store

Support Services for Staff


It is normal to feel worried, stressed, anxious and fearful when we hear of the coronavirus spreading and the loss of lives. Donna Butler, Lead psychotherapist for the BSUH HELP Service has put together some useful tips to help us cope. You can find these here.
To ensure frontline staff have the best possible support during this difficult time, the HELP team have prepared a priority telephone helpline. This is open from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday on 63691 or 67904.
Find out more about the BSUH HELP service on info-net here.

The Employee Assistance Helpline

This is a 24/7 helpline to ensure that help is available to all BSUH staff, especially with the additional
stress of COVID-19. Talk to a professional advisor for help with anxiety, bereavement, stress, depression, workplace issues, trauma, relationships, finances and family difficulties. Call the helpline anytime on 03303 800658 or visit the Vivup website here to find the full range of services available.

Childcare for Key Workers

With the new lockdown announced on Monday, everyone is encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Schools have been told to move to online learning until at least the February half term.

As an NHS employee, you qualify as a key worker and are entitled to take up a school place at your child’s school. In case you need evidence of your key worker status, we have produced a letter for you to give to your child’s school.

In addition, there are several other childcare options available:

  • Early Years settings (including nurseries and childminders) remain open

  • Vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)

  • Parents can form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is under 14. This is mainly to enable parents to work, and must not be used to enable social contact between adults

  • Some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble

  • Nannies will be able to continue to provide services, including in the home

To find out whats available around Brighton and East Sussex, click on the links below:

BSUH COVID-19 Info-Net Page

This page is updated regularly and contains relevant links and information on Coronavirus published nationally, click here.

BSUH COVID-19 Workplace Group

Join the BSUH COVID-19 Workplace group for up to date information and notices, click here.

The Well

The Well is an established social network and emotional support group that is run through Facebook. Initially set up to provide mindfulness, yoga sessions, social events and workshops, it will now offer online resources including virtual meditation and mindfulness classes, yoga, online community support, crafty videos and information on self-care.

You can join this group by clicking here.

The British Medical Association
Wellbeing services are available from the British Medical Association for doctors and medical students. There is a range of services and information to help support you. The BMA counselling service is open 24/7 to all doctors and medical students. It’s confidential and free of charge. Other resources include:

  • Counselling and peer support

  • GMC Investigation support

  • Psychotherapy for doctors

  • Sources of support for your wellbeing

To find out more information, visit the BMA website here.


Whilst staying at home and watching Netflix might sounds great to begin with, socially distancing from others and changing your daily routine is not as easy as it sounds! Similarly, if you’re still at work and things are getting stressful, the team at Mind have put together some fantastic resources to help you cope:

  • Plan for staying at home or indoors

  • Take care of your mental health and wellbeing

  • Checklist: are you ready to stay at home?

  • Handwashing and anxiety

  • Taking care with news and information

To find out more, visit the Mind website here.

NHS One You

Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it's moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life. To find out more, visit the website here.


Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. To find out more information or to sign up, visit their website here.

Free Yoga

Free yoga sessions are being run specifically for BSUH NHS workers! These take place on Wednesdays at 18:00 and are being run by yoga teacher Jenny! Sessions will be for 1 hour and will be held on Zoom. The classes will also be recorded and available for 24 hours to do later if you aren’t free at that time. To join Zoom click here and the Meeting ID is 743 495 375.

Stay Fit for Work

For many NHS staff the current Covid-19 pandemic has increased the physical and psychological demands of their work.  This then unfortunately may put staff at higher risk of musculoskeletal injuries. During this challenging time Occupational Health physiotherapy and MSK physiotherapy services are working collaboratively to provide an in-house physiotherapy service for all BSUH workers who may be struggling with musculoskeletal issues. If you are struggling to work because of aches and pains and would like a virtual consultation from a physiotherapist you can now self-refer through the BSUH Occupational Health page accessed on the info-net. Click here and complete the online self-referral form. The OH or MSK physiotherapy team will then contact you directly to arrange a suitable telephone appointment. Alternatively, for additional information visit the MSK/Physiotherapy Hub here or get some tips for working from home here.

Staying Healthy
When self-isolating and staying at home, it’s important to keep moving to maintain fitness and look after our mental health. The NHS Fitness Studio has everything you need to keep healthy when at home. Take your pick from 24 free instructor-led videos across our aerobics exercise, strength and resistance, and pilates and yoga categories. These workouts have been created by fitness experts at InstructorLive and range from 10 to 45 minutes.

Art Therapy

Creating art in any form can be a great way to de-stress, distract and cope with the current situation. We would like to offer the opportunity for people to send through pictures of artworks created during these difficult times. We hope we will then be able to present and sell these pieces as part of a BSUH exhibition, with all funds going back into the BSUH charity. There will also be prizes for the best art pieces submitted.

Please e-mail any submissions to Cristina Gatti (cristina.gatti1@nhs.net) with your name, role and a title for your art piece.

Videos from Brighton and Hove Albion FC

Players from Brighton and Hove Albion FC have kindly offered to make personalised videos for NHS staff members’ children who may not be seeing their parents as much as they’d like due to their increased workload. If you would like a video for your child please email footballmessages@gmail.com with: your child’s name and age, your role, and a mobile number to which the video can then be forwarded to.

Headspace Plus

Headspace are offering free subscriptions to Headspace Plus for all NHS staff until the end of the year. All NHS employees with an nhs.net, nhsemployers.org and nhs.uk email address are eligible to receive full access to Headspace Plus, along with resources from the Headspace for Work program. To sign up click here.


SilverCloud Health is a leading digital mental health company that is the result of over 17 years of clinical research with leading academic institutions. The platform is validated through randomised control trials and real-world data from over 350,000 SilverCloud users. They are offering free wellbeing support for all NHS staff and their families, to sign up click here and use the access code NHS2020.


Unmind is a workplace mental health platform that empowers organisations and employees to measurably improve their mental wellbeing by providing tools and training across the entire spectrum of mental health. Unmind are offering a free subscription to NHS staff until the end of December, to sign up click here.


Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep. Free access to Sleepio is available for all NHS staff from now until 31 December, click here.


Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation. This is free to access for all NHS staff from now until 31 December, click here.


The mindfulness and meditation app Calm have introduced a new initiative, Calm Health. This makes it simpler for healthcare practitioners to access mindfulness tools that can then be shared with clients, whilst also experiencing the benefits for themselves. This initiative provides healthcare practitioners with:

  • A free one-year premium subscription (worth £35)

  • A shareable overview of the benefits of mindfulness meditation

  • A one-month premium trial to Calm for all clients and patients

To find out more information and sign up, visit the website here.


An app that offers culturally sensitive and diverse meditations curated for the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) community is now available free to staff in the NHS. The app, which has been made available by NHS England and NHS Improvement partnering with the Liberate Meditation app, aims to reduce anxiety, alleviate stress and promote rest.

With your free subscription, you can access:

  • experienced teachers that identify as black, indigenous and people of colour

  • guided meditations on topics such as sleep, mindfulness, grief, and anxiety

  • a supportive and empowering digital community

To sign up for free click here.​

The Silver Line

Worried about an older friend, relative or neighbour? Refer them to The Silver Line, a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to people aged 55 or older, 24/7. Call 0800 4 70 80 90 or visit the website here.

Centre for Disease Control

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. For useful tips and advice in managing and reducing anxiety and stress visit the CDC website here.

NHS Employers

The first part of new COVID-19 guidance for the NHS workforce is now available on the NHS Employers website and covers staff health, safety and wellbeing, including advice on dealing with COVID-19 from Public Health England and the NHS Staff Council; occupational health services; staff with co-morbidities; personal protective equipment and emotional and mental support during the emergency period. To find out the latest information, visit their website here.

Government Guidence

For the latest guidence and advice published by the government, click here. This will also be updated on the BSUH COVID-19 info-net page and Workplace group.