Wigs and fabric support

Wigs and fabric supports are free for everyone in Wales and Northern Ireland. 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.

You can also qualify for free NHS wigs or fabric supports if:

  • you’re under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • you receive a valid war pension and need the items for your war disability
  • you’re a hospital inpatient when the wig or fabric support is supplied
  • your weekly income is low enough you’re included in an award of: Income Support; the guarantee element of Pension Credit; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Universal Credit; or are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax exemption certificate.

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

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