Headwear, Wigs and Breast
** 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
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
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
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital