Hairdresser is needed to help cancer patients look their best

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A hairdresser is needed to provide a service that will help cancer patients. Health and Social Services and the Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief are trying to find a skilled stylist who can provide a wig-fitting service for people whose cancer treatment makes them lose their hair.

Lead nurse for cancer and palliative care services Karen Leach said a personal service was essential.

‘Patients who suffer hair loss after chemotherapy require a sensitive and person-centred approach to wig-fitting,’ she said.

She said that when a patient was prescribed chemotherapy known to cause hair loss, it was usually a good idea to arrange a wig fitting in preparation.
Oncology nurses have carried out this service in the past but Mrs Leach said patients would benefit from the specialist skills of a qualified hairdresser.
‘Hair loss can cause significant distress when patients have many other issues to deal with,’ she said.

The stylist would help the patient pick an appropriate wig, then cut and tailor it to suit them.

‘We are inviting qualified and experienced hair-stylists who should have specific knowledge of wig fitting to contact me to discuss this further.’

She said that, ideally, patients should have the opportunity to be seen either at a regular weekly session or in a salon, if they preferred.

HSSD and Guernsey Society for Cancer Relief jointly fund wig provision.
The society has also agreed to consider funding the additional costs of a hair-stylist.

Interested parties should contact Karen Leach on 725241, extension 4445.

Photo shows Bulstrode House receptionist Jane Beausire, seated, helping cancer and palliative care lead nurse Karen Leach check out the current wig offerings.

GEP Article 10th September 2008

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