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Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for free wigs or fabric supports.
Wigs and fabric supports are free for everyone in Wales.
There are special arrangements for patients who are registered with GPs in Wales but have treatment in England.
Some hospitals in England and Scotland may cover the cost of wigs for outpatients receiving chemotherapy. Speak to your healthcare team for more information.
If you’re entitled to a free wig or fabric support, you’ll need to tell the person who fits it that you can get it free of charge. You will need to show proof that you qualify, for example the letter showing which benefits you receive.
If you don’t qualify for free wigs and fabric supports, you may be able to reclaim the VAT on these items. Contact HMRC on 0845 302 0203 or visit hmrc.gov.uk/vat|
All prescriptions are free in Northern Ireland, including wigs.
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Content last reviewed: 1 April 2013
Next planned review: 2014
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