Wigs and fabric support

The help you can get to pay for wigs and fabric supports is different across the UK.

In Wales and Northern Ireland, wigs and fabric supports are free for everyone. There are special arrangements for patients who are registered with GPs in Wales but have treatment in England.

In England and Scotland, you can qualify for free NHS wigs or fabric supports if:

  • you are aged under 16, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • you get a valid war pension and need the items for your war injury
  • you are a hospital inpatient when the wig or fabric support is given to you
  • your weekly income is low enough (see details of the Low Income Scheme)
  • you are entitled to, or named on, a valid NHS tax exemption certificate.

You can also qualify if you get:

  • Income Support
  • the guarantee element of Pension Credit, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit (if you meet certain criteria).

Some hospitals in England and Scotland may cover the cost of wigs for outpatients having chemotherapy. Speak to your healthcare team for more information.

If you are entitled to a free wig or fabric support, you will need to tell the person who fits it. You will need to show proof that you qualify, for example the letter showing which benefits you get.

If you do not qualify for free wigs or fabric supports, you may be able to reclaim the VAT on these items. Contact HMRC or visit gov.uk

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Dental treatment

Dental charges vary across the UK. You may qualify for free dental treatment.

Eye treatment and glasses

Some people may be able to get free eye tests. There are certain criteria that qualify you for free eyetests.

Low income scheme

The Low Income Scheme may help people who still have to pay healthcare costs, but may be on a low income.