The Nightingale Centre

The Nightingale Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital

Prevent Breast Cancer is based at The Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital and works closely with the staff and researchers based at the building.

Prevent Breast Cancer raised £2 million towards the building of The Nightingale Centre – Europe’s first purpose built breast cancer prevention centre.

The Nightingale Centre also houses the Family History Clinic, Prevent Breast Cancer Research Unit and many of the clinicians, dietitians and researchers that support our work.


Here you can find more information about:

  • The Building

  • Screening

  • How to Get Here

  • Gift Shop & Coffee Bar



The Nightingale Centre offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to women and men with breast cancer. Opened in July 2007, the building is situated on the University Hospital of South Manchester complex in Wythenshawe.

The Nightingale Centre co-ordinates the NHS breast-screening programme for the Greater Manchester area and provides a base for one of the most ambitious breast cancer research programmes in Europe.

The centre has specially designed consultation, examination, counselling, mammography, radiology, and ultrasound rooms. There are also rooms dedicated to pathology, prosthesis, lymphodema and bone densitometry. As well as this, The Nightingale Centre is the home to many of the Prevent Breast Cancer researchers and provides training facilities aimed at addressing the shortage of breast cancer specialists.

The Nightingale Centre was designed following consultation with breast cancer patients and staff. The interior is light and airy, offering a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere for patients. It incorporates a glazed atrium entrance and waiting area with a beautiful stained glass window created by the artist, Martin Donlin. Tranquil ambience features both inside and out, with planted areas of landscaping, two internal courtyards and a tranquillity garden.

Throughout the building room plaques are displayed to thank those who generously sponsored rooms for £25,000+. Our Wall of Dedication is displayed in the atrium and it lists all supporters who donated £1000+ towards the initial build of the Nightingale Centre. Thanks to the numerous donations we received, there is limited space left on our Wall of Dedication, so we now ask for a minimum donation of £10,000 to be listed.

The Prevent Breast Cancer Fundraising Team are also located in the building on the second floor.



Each year approximately 50,000 patients are screened from the Greater Manchester area and 13,000 appointments are made at The Nightingale Centre.

A team of dedicated breast care nurses are based at the centre, offering advice and support to patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

Click on these links to find out more about breast screening (Mammogram), GP Referral to a Breast Clinic and what to expect from your first mammogram.



The Nightingale Centre’s full postal address is:

The Nightingale Centre

Wythenshawe Hospital

Southmoor Road


M23 9LT


Travelling by car:

There is a car park directly outside The Nightingale Centre. Please bring cash with you to pay for your parking. The hospital has excellent motorway links and is easily accessible from the M60 and M56.

From North & West: exit M60 at junction 5 (A5103 / M56), exit A5103 at A560.

From South: exit M56 at junction 3a (A560).

From East: exit M60 at junction 4 (M56), exit M56 at junction 2.

If you are using a satnav, enter postcode M23 9LT.

The Nightingale Centre also has a drop-off and pick up point and you can park in our car park, for free, for up to 20 minutes.


Public Transport options:

Tram – the nearest tram stop is Roundthorn which is only a 5-minute walk away from the centre.

Bus – You can view all available bus routes to Wythenshawe Hospital here.

Cycle – There is a bike locking station at the front of The Nightingale Centre, and a bike shed in front of the Outpatients Department.

Park and Ride – The Wythenshawe Hospital shuttle runs from 10:30 am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. You can download the timetable here.



On arrival at The Nightingale Centre, you will see the NHS reception area where you should go to let them know you have arrived for your appointment.

We pride ourselves on trying to make anyone’s visit to The Nightingale Centre as stress free as possible so as a charity we have introduced some non-clinical areas in the main reception. To the right of the NHS reception is Prevent Breast Cancer’s Gift Shop. Around the corner is our Coffee Bar which is run by our dedicated volunteers.

Gift Shop

Here you can find leaflets and information about the charity, as well as an array of items to browse whilst you wait for your appointment.

We have a great selection of cards, homeware, merchandise and clothing for you and your loved ones. All money raised from our gift shop contributes towards our vital breast cancer research. To browse our online shop, click here.

Coffee Bar

Our Coffee Bar is open from 9.30am til 4pm, Monday to Friday, and provides an essential service for NHS staff and patients, many of whom rely on the coffee bar for their breakfast and lunch.

Our Coffee Bar offers a selection of nutritious and comforting food and drinks including hot and cold beverages, snacks, salads and sandwiches.

We aim to keep the costs of all our food and drink as low as possible while still raising vital funds for the charity.