Ipswich Hospital Foundation (IHF) was proud to launch the IHF Wig Lounge last month.
A heartwarming initiative dedicated to helping individuals experiencing hair loss due to medical conditions, such as cancer treatment and alopecia.
IHF’s Wig Lounge is a safe and welcoming space for both men and women facing the challenges of hair loss. We provide a variety of high quality synthetic wigs, turbans, beanies and scarves to boost confidence and comfort. Our trained volunteers are committed to ensuring a supportive and caring environment for all visitors, in a relaxed and private space.
With thanks to grants from Energex and Tour de Cour, IHF can offer this service at no cost and provide wigs for products, to assist people when they are at their most vulnerable.
The grand opening was a joyous afternoon, attended by sponsors, supporters, former patients and volunteers.
Emma Robinson a former breast cancer patient said at the opening, “I wish this was available when I was going through treatment. The idea of trying on the wigs in a private environment where no body is looking at me, having an hour with a trained professional who will let me try on as many as I like, is absolutely amazing. Losing your hair is just the worst, I can’t tell you how wonderful this place is going to be for anyone going through cancer or any other hair loss condition, it’s lovely, it’s private and everyone is awesome. The fact that you have so many options and you don’t have to pay for it, is just incredible, because that’s one thing that is not a burden, in a very tough time. I just wish this was available when I was going through treatment.”
Karen Miles a BreastScreen Nurse said “the number one question I am asked when a person is diagnosed is, will I lose my hair?” Hair loss is a very distressing side effect, I’ve had many people tell me, almost apologetically, how upset and worried they are about their hair loss. They can often feel it’s a vanity to be so worried about their hair loss and some have told me it is the worst part of their treatment. They want chemotherapy to treat and hopefully cure their breast cancer but although they can hide their surgical wounds with clothing or prothesis, hair loss announces to the world that you are sick and going through chemo. When an amazing service, this will make an amazing difference for people in West Moreton who are experiencing hair loss”.
For more information about the IHF Wig Lounge or to make a booking, please click here.
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