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Wig service


Your dermatology doctor has prescribed a wig suitable for your needs.  This is because you have been recently referred or diagnosed as having significant hair loss due to a dermatological condition which cannot be covered up easily and is going to last for a long time.


  • A RBFT dermatology doctor can give you a wig prescription letter of authorisation.
  • You will be prescribed a stock size modacrylic fibre wig (without monofilament nylon tops)
  • You will only be prescribed human hair wigs if you have a proven allergy to acrylic.
  • You will be expected to pay the current standard Appliance Prescription charge unless you fulfil specific exemption criteria and demonstrate this at the time of the appointment. (If you fulfil the exemption criteria but can not prove exemption at your Dermatology appointment you can reclaim the prescription charge using NHS Exemption form HC5(W)

Changes to your wig prescription?

  • Unfortunately you will not be able to pay to change your wig prescription.
  • If you would like to have more than one wig you will be able to purchase more yourself from the local NHS wig suppliers.
  • It is not possible to ‘upgrade’ your wig prescription from acrylic to real hair.

Who will pay for my wigs to be cleaned and repaired if needed?

RBFT dermatology department will NOT pay for any repairs or cleaning needed for the wig prescribed.


How can I get more wig prescriptions?

If you need a replacement wig then you will need to make an appointment to see your GP. 

Local NHS wig suppliers

Banbury Postiche
Little Bourton House, Southam Road, Banbury, Oxon OX16 1SR
Tel. 01295 757400

Treloggan Wigs Ltd
179 London Road, North End, Portsmouth P02 9AE
023 9266 2156

Wessex Wigs
Unit 2 The Churchill Hospital, Old Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LJ
0800 592 179 (freephone)

Raoul Hairdressers
34 Craven Road, Paddington
London W2 3QA
0207 7237173

Useful contacts

Outpatients 2
South Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road
Reading RG1 5AN

0118 322 7417


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    RG1 5AN
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