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Do NHS wig services make the cut?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Meg Munn MP attended an event with the charity ‘My New Hair’ to help raise awareness of hair loss by cancer and alopecia patients. She met ‘My New Hair’ patients, hair professionals and nurses to find out more about the issues faced by people who lose their hair through medical reasons. The aim of the event was to call for improvements in NHS wig services for men, women and children affected by medical hair loss.

The ‘My New Hair’ charity was founded by hairdresser Trevor Sorbie M.B.E inspired by his own experience when helping a family member during cancer treatment. Trevor now dedicates all of his salon time to offering advice and a wig customisation service to clients suffering medical hair loss. The charity provides services directly to people suffering medical hair loss and trains an independent national network of hairdressers to cut and style wigs making them more personal and natural looking.

Meg Munn MP said:

“I am saddened that many patients who suffer hair loss as a result of cancer treatment or other medical condition are still not receiving the support that they need from the NHS.  Hair loss causes significant distress to patients; the NHS must work harder to ensure that wig services are organised in the interest of the patient and include good quality wigs as well as appropriate emotional and practical support.

By training hair professionals to understand the needs of patients and to help them to find a style that works for them, My New Hair is making a big difference to patients’ lives. “

Trevor Sorbie said:

“This is the beginning of what will be a challenging but exciting journey with the NHS we have helped set the precedent and encourage the rest of the country to follow our lead. My New Hair has given me a whole new dimension to job satisfaction, using my skills to give something back to society and do something truly meaningful.”

You can call the charity’s helpline on 01798 812 547 or visit: www.mynewhair.org

Associated Photograph :

Meg with Trevor Sorbie MBE and Sheffield stylist Conrad Blandford.

Meg with Trevor Sorbie MBE and Sheffield stylist Conrad Blandford.

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