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Headwear Service and Breast Care Services

Headwear, Wigs and Breast Care Services

** Please note that some of the services below have been suspended in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Please contact one of our Macmillan Information Centres to find out more.  Some services may be available in an alternative format, for example virtual consultations.  

Coping with Hair Loss

Some types of chemotherapy can make your hair fall out or become thinner.  Whilst this can be very distressing, it is usually temporary and will grow back when your treatment is finished.  To help you cope with hair loss, our Macmillan Information Centres offer advice, support and access to a range of products including bandanas and wigs.


All of our Macmillan Information Centres stock a range of bandanas, turbans and head caps in different colours and materials.  Specially trained staff and volunteers can help you decide which style to choose and offer demonstrations and tips on how to wear it.


If you feel that a wig is the right option, we can book you an appointment to see an expert wig specialist from Brown's who, will assess your needs and give you the opportunity to try on some of their products.  Many people are able to take home their chosen wig on the day but if it has to be ordered, it will arrive within a week.  Please speak to a member of our team for information about funding, as you may be exempt from charges.

North East Knockers

A team of local volunteer crafters, situated in and around Barnard Castle, have come together to knit or crochet handmade breast prostheses for women who have undergone breast surgery. Offering, a comfortable, light alternative to the NHS silicone prosthesis.

Bra Fitting Service

Following breast surgery, many ladies experience tenderness, swelling or have sensitive scar tissue, which makes it very important to have a well-fitting and comfortable bra.  We can arrange for you to see a Breast Care Fitting Expert from Nicola Jane, who are experts in mastectomy and post-surgery bras and swimwear. 

All of the services listed above are by appointment only and take place in our Macmillan Information Centres at Darlington Memorial Hospital, Bishop Auckland Hospital or the University Hospital of North Durham in a comfortable, private room. 

Telephone 01388 455231

Bra Clinic Photos







'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham