St George’s Hospital Charity funds new Paxman Scalp Cooling System to help chemotherapy patients keep their hair

04 February 2020
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Most people know that certain chemotherapy treatments can risk patients losing their hair –but did you know that hair loss can be prevented or even avoided with the use of scalp cooling?

St George’s Hospital Charity are thrilled to have been able to fund a Paxman scalp cooler for just this purpose – helping patients in the Trevor Howell Day Unit receiving chemotherapy to have a better chance of keeping their hair.

The scalp cooler has been in use since July 2019 and has shown to help reduce hair loss for St George’s chemotherapy patients. Having this machine in place has allowed staff on the Trevor Howell Day Unit to retain patients as it has improved the delivery of specialist care. The staff using the machine have also noted that they have been able to save space on the unit as the new machine is more compact than the older machines previously used.

Fay Desmond, Lead Chemotherapy Nurse, said: “Patient experience is so important in the cancer setting and those that have used the machine have reported how pleased they are that we received this machine for the unit.”

See below for some great feedback from patients that have used the system:

“For me, losing my hair was my biggest fear… Being able to use the scalp cooling system has enabled me to keep a little part of me whilst undergoing chemotherapy treatment.”

“It has enabled me to maintain my dignity”

“The scalp cooling system has had a positive impact on my experience as I have kept my hair.”

“It has allowed me to keep my identity.”

“Although it feels horrible for the first 10-15 minutes, I would recommend that everyone tries the scalp cooling system as knowing you have a chance of keeping your hair doesn’t make chemotherapy seem so bad.”

“It has positively impacted my chemotherapy and cancer journey.”

“I didn’t want to lose my hair so this has given me a bit of hope.”

Being able to fund machines such as the Paxman scalp cooler embodies St George’s Hospital Charity’s vision of ‘better care, healthier lives’.  We want to enhance the patient experience at St George’s Trust and make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of people touched by our hospitals each year.

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