The Nightingale Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital

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

MFT Prevent Breast Cancer Charity UK

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

To find out more click on the headings below:

The Building


How To Get Here

Some Interesting Facts

For up-to-date news about the research coming from The Nightingale Centre, please download our latest Scientific Report.

The Building

Opened in July 2007, the building is situated on the University Hospital of South Manchester complex in Wythenshawe. It provides a base for one of the most ambitious breast cancer research programmes in Europe.

The Nightingale Centre offers a state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to women and men with breast cancer and co-ordinates the NHS breast-screening programme for the Greater Manchester area.

There are 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, it provides training facilities aimed at addressing the shortage of breast cancer specialists and houses many of the Prevent Breast Cancer researchers looking at ways to predict and prevent breast cancer.

Support is also available to patients after surgery. Macmillan and University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) are working together to improve the information they give to patients during and after their breast cancer treatment at the Nightingale Centre. To find out more, please visit

The Nightingale Centre 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 artist, Martin Donlin. This tranquil ambience features both inside and out, with planted areas of landscaping, two internal courtyards and a tranquillity garden for patients.

The building and its interior were designed after consultation with breast cancer patients and staff.

Room plaques are displayed around the building to thank those who sponsored rooms for £25,000+ and The Wall of Dedication in the atrium lists all supporters who donated £1000+ towards the building for Prevent Breast Cancer.

With the limited space left on our Wall of Dedication, thanks to the numerous donations we received, we now ask for a minimum donation of £10,000.

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


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.

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. To the right of this reception is Prevent Breast Cancer’s gift shop and coffee bar which is run by our dedicated volunteers.

In our Gift Shop you will find a great selection of cards, homeware and of course gifts for loved ones. As well as this we have lots of Prevent Breast Cancer merchandise that you may like to purchase to show your support for the charity. All money raised from the Gift Shop is contributes to the breast cancer research undertaken by our researchers.

Our Coffee Bar is open from 9am til 4pm, Monday to Friday, and is on site to provide staff and visitors with nutritious and comforting food at what may be a distressing time. We aim to keep the costs of all our food and drink as low as possible while still raising vital funds for the charity.

How to Get Here

The Nightingale Centre’s full postal address is:

The Nightingale Centre

Wythenshawe Hospital

Southmoor Road


M23 9LT

The hospital has various public transport options:

  • You can view all available bus routes here.
  • The nearest tram stop is Roundthorn and is only a 5 minute walk away from the centre.

We have a car park directly outside the centre and 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.

Interesting Facts

  • When a woman in the Greater Manchester Area reaches screening age, she will receive a letter within 3 years inviting her to a mammogram on one of the 6 mobile screening vans.
  • Approximately 50,000 patients are screened each year from the Greater Manchester area.
  • Following the mammogram, if further investigations are required, the patient will be invited to The Nightingale Centre to see a consultant. This does not automatically mean that the patient has breast cancer; in fact the vast majority of cases prove not to be cancer.
  • 13,000 appointments are at the centre each year.
  • A team of dedicated breast care nurses are based at the centre, offering advice and support to patients diagnosed with breast cancer, offering advice and support.
  • There are presently 10,000 families in the family history clinic. It is the aim that for families affected by breast cancer the risk level is assessed of all individuals involved.


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