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10 Amazing NHS Discounts you NEED to know about

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Tons of high street and online stores want to say ‘thank you’ for your hard work by offering exclusive NHS discounts.

You can view the latest and greatest exclusive discounts on sites such as; NHS Discount Offers & Health Service Discounts but here are a few of our favourites.

Your NHS Staff ID badge is, usually, sufficient to obtain any discounts.

Domino’s Pizza

Domino’s Pizza offer up to 50% discount on their products on the production of your NHS ID badge. Contact your local store for details of the offer in your area as this many vary between different franchises.

Amazon Prime

Amazon offers it’s prime membership for £39 per year to students who hold a .ac.uk email address (usually student healthcare professionals or those doing post-graduate study). Amazon Prime includes access to Amazon Video, free next-day delivery, textbooks and exclusive discounts on products. You can register online to get a 6 month free trial plus £5 free Amazon credit (limited time promotion). 

Audible offers a 3 month free trial or 6 months for students (for a limited time). The trial includes 1 free audio book a month – which can either include best sellers or text book.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers offers thrill seeking NHS staff up to 40% discount on entry to the park. You need to book at least 24 hours before you intend to visit the park by contacting 0870 220 4000 and asking for the discount. You’ll then need to provide your NHS ID at the gate upon entry.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle offers up to 38% on gate prices. You need to book at least 24 hours before you intend to visit the park by contacting 0871 221 2878 and asking for the discount. You’ll then need to provide your NHS ID at the gate upon entry.

Nandos

Nandos offer 20% discount for all NHS Staff on the production of your NHS ID badge prior to ordering. This 20% Discount at Nandos is available for both Eat-in or Take-out orders over £5.90. Only one discount per person, per meal, per day.

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O2 offers NHS Staff up to 25% discount on the Airtime Plan of one O2 Refresh phone tariff, and one tablet or mobile broadband tariff. Purchase your handset from the O2 Store then once you’ve received it sign up to O2 Open.

Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park holds exclusive ‘blue light’ days which offer 30% discount on standard prices. Available for members of the Police Force, Ambulance Service and Fire Service. Employees must present a valid company ID card on arrival to validate this offer.

Hilton Hotels

Hilton Hotels offer up to 40% off room prices for NHS or government employees. Simply book online and select ‘Gov/Military rates’ or call 0808 109 9798.

Apple

Apple offers up to 10% discount on selected products when using their employee purchase program (EPP). You can view the EPP store online or call 0800 048 0408.

Superbreaks

Superbreaks offer up to 10% off hotels with optional discounted rail travel, Eurostar, flights, concert & events, theatre & dining.

Our advise is to always ask for an NHS Discount when buying products either in store or online – the worst a company can say is ‘no’.  Thank you to all the companies on the list for offering NHS employees an exclusive discount.

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Adam Kay’s Letter to the Secretary of State for Health

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Adam Kay, a former Doctor, publishes an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health calling for him to walk a mile in the shoes of a junior doctor.

In his new book, ‘This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor,’ the former obstetrics and gynaecology doctor writes candidly about his experiences as a junior doctor and the effect working in medicine has on both his personal and professional life.

In the open letter to The Secretary of State for Health, he said;

“Roger Fisher was a professor of law at Harvard University, who suggested back in 1981 that they should implant the American nuclear codes in the heart of a volunteer. If the President wanted to press the big red button and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, then first he’d have to take a butcher’s knife and dig it out of the volunteer’s chest himself; so that he realizes what death actually means first-hand, and understands the implications of his actions. Because the President would never press the button if he had to do that.

“Similarly, you and your successor and their successors for ever more should have to work some shifts alongside junior doctors. Not the thing you already do, where a chief executive shows you round a brand-new ward that’s gleaming like a space station. No: palliate a cancer patient; watch a trauma victim have their leg amputated; deliver a dead baby. Because I defy any human being, even you, to know what the job really entails and question a single doctor’s motivation. If you knew, you would be applauding them, you’d be proud of them, you’d be humbled by them, and you’d be eternally grateful for everything they do.

“The way you treat junior doctors demonstrably doesn’t work. I strongly suggest you seek a second opinion.

If you’re interested in reading more, you can buy a copy of his book on Amazon or book tickets for his ongoing tour.

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The Junior Doctors Survival Guide written by Nurses

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Well done. Congratulations. You’ve survived medical school and made it ‘on to the shop floor’, this is where the real test begins.

Your first few weeks as a Junior Doctor are going to be difficult and jam-packed; a new hospital, new colleagues, new patients, and a new hospital system to figure out.

Here are ten tips that will stand you in good stead for your first day, week, month, year and beyond. This is your Junior Doctors Survival Guide as written by Nurses;

  • Respect the nurses. You can come to us for advice and guidance – we will have you back – but please don’t take us for granted. We have an abundance of knowledge about our patients, the hospital and how to make stuff happen.
  • Each member of the team is important. Doctors, nurses, porters, physiotherapists, domestics, estates, plumbers – the hospital simply couldn’t function without them.
  • Don’t be a smart arse. We know and understand you have worked hard through medical school and congratulations on becoming a Doctor, but now it’s time to get to work.
  • Have a sense of humor. Make sure your able to have a laugh and a joke but be careful not to cross the line.
  • Master cannulation. I don’t just mean know how to put a cannula in – develop the skill and master it – it will stand you in good stead for the future.
  • Eat and drink. The list of jobs is, and always will be, almost endless. Make sure you take your breaks; eat, drink and chat to your fellow colleagues.
  • Show emotion. I’m not going to lie to you, it’s going to be hard – medical school hasn’t prepared you for the first few months of life as a Doctor. If you’re having an especially tough day talk to someone about it. Don’t beat yourself up for having a little cry – it happens to the best of us.
  • Don’t just look at the numbers. We spend 12 hours a day with our patient, we will come to you when “something just isn’t right”, we don’t know what, we can’t put our finger on it. But, we know our patients.
  • Your first death is hard. Expected or not, nothing can prepare you for the death of your first patient. We have all been through this. See- show emotion and How to Deal with the Death of a patient
  • Tidy up after yourself. Nothing and I mean nothing, annoys the ward staff more than a Doctor who thinks the staff are there to clean up after them. Tidy away your sharps, notes and coffee cup.
  • Ask for help. Your seniors are there to support you – it’s literally their job. Don’t be afraid to escalate patients or situations to them and never put yourself in a situation where you have no backup.
  • Admit when you simply don’t know. Making up an answer to a question can have serious consequences. If you don’t know. Say, but find out.
  • Try to go home on time. Look through your list – find out what can wait until tomorrow. Your downtime and social life are important too (check out our list of NHS Discounts for downtime ideas). You work to live not live to work.
  • The hospital at night is scary. There are fewer doctors, nurses and seniors around to support you. Call for help early and escalate appropriately.

Remember, you are part of our team. Our job is to work together in the interests of patient care. We will try to look after you, make you tea when you’re sad and, rest assured, we will tell you when you’re being an idiot.

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