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Busy Physician? There’s an App for That

As a locum tenens physician, we know how busy you are and understand your hectic lifestyle. Constantly being on the go with your locum assignments can make accomplishing every day errands difficult. Below are a few fast, online solutions to make grocery shopping, laundry, and general errands take less of your time. Hint: it’s all about letting someone else handle it for you.

  1. Amazon Prime Pantry: Too tired for Target after a long shift? Amazon Prime Pantry allows you to buy the things you need without ever leaving your home or hotel. Save on low-priced everyday essentials, like snacks for those quick breaks at the hospital, groceries for when you return home from your assignment, household items, beauty products, and more, all delivered right to your doorstep no matter where you are. You have to be a Prime member to enjoy this service, but the $99 yearly fee is a small price to pay for the convenience.
  2. Instacart: Imagine getting your grocery shopping done while you fly home from an assignment. Instacart is a grocery delivery service that connects you with a personal shopper in your area to shop at your favorite local stores, including Whole Foods Market and Costco. They can even deliver your goods in as little as one hour! Delivery fees depend on the size of your order and the delivery time, and all orders must meet the $10 minimum. Sign up for Instacart Express and receive free delivery on 2 hour and scheduled grocery deliveries over $35. Currently, this service is only available in select states. See if Instacart services your area here.
  3. FlyCleaners: FlyCleaners is a handy app that covers all of your laundry needs. Simply download the app, customize your preferences, schedule a pickup, and one of their professional drivers will come to your home or hotel and pick up your clothes. Then, their expert cleaners will wash, fold, and dry clean your clothes according to your personal preference. They can even hang dry more delicate items at no additional cost, and orders over $35 receive free pickup and delivery.
  4. Hello Alfred: Hello Alfred is an all-in-one service that covers everything from grocery delivery, dry-cleaning, and prescription pick-up to home cleaning and online shopping returns. You name it, they do it. Choose a subscription that best fits your lifestyle, and allow their helpful team handle the rest. Currently, Hello Alfred is available in five major cities: New York Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

With chores and errands managed for you, you’ll have more free time to enjoy which after all, is one of the key benefits of working locums.