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Sunderland hairdresser links up with NHS to provide wigs to those battling cancer

A North East woman, who battled breast cancer, is using her first-hand experience to help people losing their hair.

Nicola Wood is the only hairdresser in Sunderland to work with the NHS to provide wigs. It means people living in the city can get help closer to home.

Nicola Wood wants to help other women battling cancer Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Because I have lived through the experience, I can anticipate what the client is actually going through.

I understand what it does to your body, your skin and your hair. So I feel that I am able to offer an empathetic service.

It means that we can help people in our own community at their most difficult time and the prescription helps to fund that because it is a difficult time financially for people as well so being able to accept that prescription was a big deal for me it means I was able to help the most vulnerable people.

– Nicola Wood
Patients can get an NHS prescription which will provide a free synthetic wig. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Nicola Wood was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, one of her first concerns was whether she would lose her hair.

During her treatment, she researched and put together a plan on how she could help other people going through the same thing.

Patients treated for cancer on the NHS, are often worried about losing their hair, so they are able to get a prescription which will provide a free synthetic wig.

Nicola's salon is a partner with City Hospitals Sunderland Trust, which means that she can accept prescriptions for wigs.