New location for hair and beauty service for NGH cancer patients

Debbie Smith and patient Jane van der Nest. Pihoto courtesy of NGH.
Debbie Smith and patient Jane van der Nest. Pihoto courtesy of NGH.

A long-running service for patients having cancer treatment has moved within Northampton General Hospital to better facilities.

For 17 years the NGH oncology department has provided a hair and beauty service to patients, run by hair care adviser Deborah Smith.

Each NHS patient visiting NHS and having chemotherapy or radiotherapy is offered a free wig, with more than 400 fitted each year.

Debbie has recently moved to a new room on the lower ground floor in oncology, financed by the NGH charitable fund, where she has more space and facilities.

She said: “I’m really pleased with the new room.

“I have a professional hairdressers’ wash basin for the first time.

“I’m more accessible now, very close to the downstairs entrance, radiotherapists and the wellbeing room next to Macmillan’s information centre, which I’ll also be using.

“Patients welcome the move too.”

Patient Jane van de Nest, currently being treated but also a cancer patient in 2012, said she was very pleased with the service.

She said: “Debbie is a very good advert for the service she provides.

“After I saw her wearing one of the wigs, I decided not to go back to my hairdresser but come here instead.

“Her advice last time really comforted me.

“Everything she told me was proved right, and my hair did grow back.”